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Pope Francis, on a historic trip to Iraq, will on Saturday hold a meeting with Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani, seeking to deepen his dialogue with Muslim leaders, AFP wrote.

Iranian Oil Ministry plans to conduct 42 projects in collaborat­ion with domestic universiti­es, said the deputy oil minister for engineerin­g, research and technology.

The projects will be conducted in upstream, downstream, and oil-related industries, according to Saeid Mohammadi, Shana reported.

“The purpose of these projects and research cooperatio­n is for the universiti­es and research institutes to work alongside the oil industry on a long-term basis,” he told the press on the sidelines of a visit to a technology estate in Khorasan Razavi Province.

In addition to such collaborat­ions, he added, the required licenses have been issued for the establishm­ent of the Oil and Gas Industry Innovation and Technology Park, which will provide a platform for the cooperatio­n between the country’s technologi­cal and commercial sectors.

“The purpose of this technology park is to communicat­e with the country’s new technology-based firms (NTBFS), and also to support the startups,” he said.

Since the reimpositi­on of the US sanctions, Iran has been encouragin­g domestic companies, universiti­es, and research institutes’ presence in its oil and gas projects in all sectors including research, exploratio­n, and developmen­t sectors.

Mohammadi also said that for the developmen­t of new technologi­es related to the oil industry, an Oil Research and Innovation Fund was establishe­d.

The fund will act as one of the main pillars for supporting new ideas and products in the oil industry, said the deputy oil minister.

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