Deputy Environment, Energy and Climatic Change Minister Yiannis Maniatis, outlined the position of the Greek government that the Turkey-Greece-Italy (ITGI) natural gas pipeline is the most mature, realistic and economically accessible plan, in his meetings on the sidelines of the extraordinary summit of the International Energy Formum's (IEF) Energy Ministers held in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on Tuesday.

Maniatis met his Russian counterpart Yury Sentyurin and the Energy Ministers of Bulgaria, Turkey, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates, the Deputy Ministers of Japan and Norway and the Bulgarian Economy, Energy and Tourism Minister Traicho Traikov.

The demand made by Greece regarding the ITGI pipeline, in relation to other alternative plans that are being discussed, is that they should not be judged with political criteria but only with economic viability and effectiveness criteria.

The deputy minister together with other counterparts of his, participated as an official guest of the Saudi Arabian oil company ARAMCO in a visit to the biggest oil deposit in the world (KHURAIS), that produces 1.2 million barrels a day.