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Former Iranian Gas Chief Owji Is Nominated as Oil Minister

  • Javad Owji would replace retiring veteran, Bijan Zanganeh
  • His lack of diplomatic experience may make OPEC talks tough
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Iran’s new president picked the former head of the country’s natural-gas company as oil minister, at a time when the Islamic Republic is engaged in fraught negotiations with world powers to revive petroleum exports.

Javad Owji, who hasn’t previously held a full ministerial post but was once managing director of National Iranian Gas Co., was proposed for the role in a list of cabinet ministers presented to lawmakers by President Ebrahim Raisi. He would replace retiring veteran Bijan Namdar Zanganeh.