'Natural gas export is going to benefit both the recipient countries and Iran,' Hamid Reza Araqi said on Tuesday.
'Recipients of the Iranian natural gas can turn the wheels of their economies, while Iran can foster its development through selling the commodity,' Araqi added.
Elaborating on the construction of the Sixth Iran Gas Trunkline, an important stretch of the national gas grid, he said that the gas pipeline had to pass through the Karoun River.
'In order to preserve the environment we used a modern technology and the pipeline, though passing through the Karoun River, causes no environmental hazards to the water body,' he stressed.
Exporting natural gas to the neighboring Iraq, using the Sixth Gas Trunkline, constitutes one of Iran's priority projects.
A pipeline, 48 inches in diameter, will take Iranian natural gas from Asaluyeh in southern Iran along a 140 Kms path to Ahvaz and then to Iraq.