Amirhossein Zamaninia has been officially approved as Iran's OPEC governor, according to an Iranian oil official cited by Reuters.

Zamaninia was appointed as caretaker governor on May 23.

He was a member of Iran’s nuclear negotiating team under the administrations of presidents Mohammad Khatami and Hassan Rouhani.

Zamaninia also served as Iran’s ambassador to Malaysia from 2001 to 2005.

He has studied politics and law in the US, according to state media.

A search for a permanent governor is underway, state media said.