ALGIERS/TEHRAN - OPEC president Chakib Khelil said on Friday it was illogical and irrational to ask the oil cartel to increase output so as to take the pressure off soaring prices, the Algerie Presse Service (APS) news agency reported. "To ask the oil producers to increase their output is illogical and irrational," Khelil was quoted by APS as saying ahead of a meeting Sunday in Jeddah of oil producers and consumers to discuss record high prices. Khelil noted that he was invited to the Saudi Arabian summit in his position as Algerian energy minister and not as OPEC president, and therefore he could not present any OPEC position during the discussions. "Saudi Arabia decided to hold this meeting between oil producers and consumers, as well as oil companies, in order to determine the causes behind rising oil prices," he said. "The principal objective of the Jeddah meeting is to clarify positions regarding the reasons behind this rise." Khelil said that just because computer or car prices were high, "would one ask their producers to make more?", insisting again that oil was being driven higher by factors other than supply alone most notably speculation and a falling dollar. He also noted that high tax levies on fuel in some countries such as France or Britain were also to blame, with all these issues to be discussed at the Jeddah meeting. Meanwhile, major crude oil producer Iran said on Friday that increased oil output would not affect skyrocketing prices after a statement by Saudi Arabia revealed that the kingdom would pump more crude to market. "Increased oil production does not have such an impact that it would decrease prices because enough oil exists in the global market," Iranian Oil Minister Gholam Hossein Nozari was quoted as saying by the Mehr news agency. "Just compare 300,000 (barrels per day) with about 86 million (bpd), which are the market's need What would be the effect?" Nozari asked rhetorically. A statement posted on Thursday on the website of the Saudi embassy in London said the kingdom would boost its daily oil output by 200,000 barrels. The statement was later withdrawn from the website but not officially denied. Iran is OPEC's number two producer, behind the Saudis, and has consistently argued that the high oil price has nothing to do with market fundamentals and OPEC's output should not be increased. Riyadh had ramped up output by 300,000 bpd last month following a visit by US President George W. Bush to the kingdom. Iran's OPEC representative Mohammad Ali Khatibi described on Tuesday as a "wrong move", if Saudi Arabia raised its oil output "unilaterally" without a consensus from fellow members of the oil cartel. "Any increase in production should be approved in the meeting of the organisation's ministers," Khatibi stressed. Jeddah hosts a meeting of the world's top oil producers and consumers on Sunday aimed at soothing rattled markets. Iran's OPEC envoy however predicted that the meeting would not lead to agreements among participants. "It is unlikely that partial and general agreements would be reached in Jeddah's meeting between OPEC members and the non-OPEC ones in terms of the global oil market," Khatibi was quoted as saying by Fars news agency. He also stressed that the market was oversupplied and that an output hike by the organisation would not help ease the record prices. "At the moment demand and supply in the global oil market are at a favorable level and there are 1.2 million barrels (per day) supplied more than demand," he said. "If OPEC decides to increase its production at the moment, this would be a very limited amount and will not solve any problem in oil market," the OPEC official stressed. Khatibi blamed "political pressures and strategic mistakes" of big energy consumers for the current situation. "Instead of helping for the development of the oil industry's upstream sector, these countries put it under sanction and banned investments by other countries. "The main energy consumers try to divert public minds from (high) taxes... and draw attention to OPEC so that with the output hike of this organisation oil price lowers."