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Tajikistan Is Willing to Import Iranian Oil, Press TV Reports

February 24, 2012

Feb. 24 (Bloomberg) -- Tajikistan, which gets most of its oil from Russia, is also willing to purchase crude from Iran, Press TV reported, citing Dolat Ali Hatamov, the central Asian country’s ambassador to Tehran.

Hatamov, who spoke yesterday, didn’t give any details, according to the Iranian state-run news channel’s website.

The Iranian government said this week it halted direct sales of crude to French and British buyers and forbade re-sale of its oil to these two nations, which have been harsh critics of its nuclear program.

The move was aimed at pre-empting a European Union embargo of Iranian oil set to take effect in July. Iran will give its crude to “new customers,” Alireza Nikzad Rahbar, an Oil Ministry spokesman, said on Feb. 19.

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