The Swiss energy minister said on Thursday that Switzerland wanted to transfer gas from south to north one day.

 

Turkey and Switzerland signed a memorandum of understanding to transport Iranian natural gas to Switzerland via Turkey.

During the signature ceremony, Moritz Leuenberger, the chief of Swiss Federal Department of Transportation, Communications and Energy, said that Switzerland was a country where gas was transiting.

Leuenberger said that gas from Norway and the Netherlands was flowing through Italy via Switzerland.

"We want to ensure natural gas flow from south to north one day with the agreement we have just signed," he said.

Leuenberger said neither Turkey nor Switzerland were European Union (EU) members, and therefore the two countries were willing to provide independent energy.

The Swiss minister said the agreement was a result of friendship and good relations between the two countries.

Leuenberger said Switzerland was an energy transporting country, and transferring electricity from Germany and Denmark to Italy.

Also, Switzerland was transferring natural gas from Norway to the Netherlands, Leuenberger said.

The Swiss minister also said Switzerland was gaining commercial advantages as it was a transit country.

Earlier on Thursday, Leuenberger participated in a Turkish-Swiss business forum and inauguration of two fairs in Istanbul.

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