Tehran, May 16: Iran's longtime Governor to Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) Hossein Kazempour Ardabili died here at a hospital on Saturday. Ardabili had slipped in coma, some time ago due to a brain hemorrhage.
Qatar News Agency reported that, previously, Ardabili assumed the position of Iranian Minister of Commerce in 1980 and 1981, and then Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs for Economic Affairs until 1985, after which he worked as an assistant to the Minister of Oil in International Affairs and a member of the management body of the Iranian National Oil Company until 1990. He also worked as an Iran's Ambassador to Japan from 1990 to 1995, and then as his country's representative to OPEC until 1999, and he again assumed this mission from 2013 until his death. Iran has the world's fourth-biggest oil reserves and second-largest natural-gas reserves.(UNI)