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    Iraq to import fuel from Iran Mohammed Dhaher, Azzaman http://www.uruknet.de/?p=m46535&hd=&size=1&l=e Iran has agreed to ferry 1 million liters of fuel to Iraq
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      Iraq to import fuel from Iran
      Mohammed Dhaher, Azzaman
      http://www.uruknet.de/?p=m46535&hd=&size=1&l=e


      Iran has agreed to ferry 1 million liters of fuel to Iraq to meet
      domestic needs for its rickety power plants, Iraqi ambassador to
      Tehran said.

      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
      affairs.

      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
      goods.

      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
      Electricity Ministry.

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