Iranian Oil Minister Mohammad Gharazi and the leading deputy in Iran's General Assembly, Fakharoddin Hedjazi, gave a press conference at the Iranian Embassy in London, UK, on May 25.
GV EXTERIOR Iranian Embassy, London. (2 SHOTS)
GV INTERIOR Iranian deputy Fakharoddin Hedjazi (left), Oil Minister Mohammad Gharazi (centre) and Iranian ambassador to Kuwait Dr. Ali Shams (right).
SCU Dr. Ali Shams speaking. (3 SHOTS)
SV PAN Reporters John Holland asks question of Oil Minister Gharazi, Dr. Shams translates.
SV PAN DR. Shams replies
TRANSCRIPT: DR. SHAMS: "The second celebration is for the final and definite victory over the aggressive, Ba'athist Iraqi forces which the final blow has been to them and the total victory has been achieved. There are some pockets, some points, in the northern area in the western front to be recovered, which they will be soon recovered. But this does not mean that the war ends. Our goal is also the downfall of the Iraqi regime which has no roots in Iraq and represents no-one there." (AS HEARD)
REPORTERS: "What effect do you think an end to the Gulf War will have on world oil prices?"
DR. SHAMS: "If and when the end of the war comes, the effect of it on the world market is that the oil business has to be certainly freed able to talk to you about new oil policies."
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Background: Iranian Oil Minister Mohammad Gharazi and the leading deputy in Iran's General Assembly, Fakharoddin Hedjazi, gave a press conference at the Iranian Embassy in London, UK, on May 25. Dr. Ali Shams, the Iranian ambassador to Kuwait, acted as translator. Mr. Hedjazi, who came top of the poll in the 1979 General Assembly elections, represents the Iranian capital, Teheran. Mr. Gharazi and he were on their way back to Teheran after attending a meeting of the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) in Ecuador. Through Dr. Shams, Mr. Hedjazi said May 25 was a day of celebration In Iran for two reasons. The first reason was religious. The second was the "total victory" which he said had been achieved over Iraqi forces in the Gulf War. He explained that there were still some pockets of resistance in the northern area of Iran's western front. These areas would soon be recovered, he said. But he added that this did not mean that the war would end. He said one of Iran's goals was the downfall of the Iraqi regime which, he claimed, had no roots in Iraq and represented nobody. Newsmen were also told that other Moslem states which had supported Iraq in the war had nothing to fear from Iran if they were prepared to deal with the Iranians on Islamic principles. Visnews reporter John Holland asked Mr. Gharazi what effect he thought an end to the Gulf War would have on world oil prices. Mr. Gharazi replied that if and when the war ended, the oil business had to be freed from the domain of the dollar. When this was achieved, Iran would be able to talk about new oil policies, he said.