Iraq to import fuel from Iran
- Iraq to import fuel from Iran
Mohammed Dhaher, Azzaman
Iran has agreed to ferry 1 million liters of fuel to Iraq to meet
domestic needs for its rickety power plants, Iraqi ambassador to
Mohammed al-Sheikh said the deal under which Iran will furnish Iraq
with fuel was signed during the recent visit by Deputy Prime Minister
Burhem Saleh to Iran.
Saleh led a large delegation to Tehran comprising high-ranking
officials among them the ministers of electricity, trade and foreign
Sheikh said "more measures" were taken to boost bilateral ties.
However he declined to say whether other major deals were signed.
Iran has emerged as Iraq's top trading partner in the five years
since the U.S. invasion. Iraqi shops and stores brim with Iranian
Iranian firms are currently the most active in Iraq, implementing
projects worth hundreds of millions of dollars.
In another development, Electricity Minister Kareem Waheed has flown
to Moscow to urge Russian firms to start building power plants in
Iraq, a statement said.
The country has drawn up plans for the construction of several
electricity plants but foreign firms are reluctant to send their
engineers and technicians to Iraq due to mounting violence.
Waheed will ask the Russians to rehabilitate major power plants their
companies had built in Iraq and also offer them the possibility of
building new ones, the statement said.
The Russians are keen to execute such projects and have agreed to
sign a multi-billion contract for the construction of several plants
capable of producing 6000 megawatts, said the statement by the
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