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Western Companies At Iran Oil Exhibit?

Women attending the 15th International Oil, Gas, Refining & Petrochemical Exhibition in 2010
Iranian media is reporting that companies from Western nations that are imposing sanctions on Tehran over its nuclear program are sending representatives to the 17th International Oil, Gas, Refining and Petrochemical Exhibition that starts April 17.

IRNA reported on April 15 that companies from the U.S., Germany, Britain, Italy and other countries will have delegations attending the April 17-20 event in Tehran.

Press TV provided a longer list on April 12, adding companies from Austria, Spain, Switzerland, France, Finland, Canada, Romania and Norway to the list of attendees, as well as companies from Asia, South America and Africa.

Other Iranian media such as Mehr news agency and the "Tehran Times" have reported similar information.

Director of the exhibition Eshqar Ruyvar said 315 foreign companies and some 940 Iranian companies are taking part.

Ruyvar said despite international sanctions, the number of countries sending delegations to this year's exhibition increased by 10 percent compared to 2011.
With reporting from IRNA, Press TV and the "Tehran Times"

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