Iran to rebuild Syria's electricity equipment, power plants


Agreement points to the role Tehran is expected to play in the reconstruction of war-torn Syria.

"The message of Iran's Ministry of Energy is to restore light to the houses of the Syrian people, while the terrorists and their supporters have had no message other than darkness and terror for the Syrian people in the past few years", he said.

The contracts, worth "several hundred million euros", were signed during Syrian Electricity Minister Mohammad Zuhair Kharboutli's visit to Tehran on Tuesday.

The deal also includes rehabilitating a 90-megawatt power station in Deir Az Zor province, where the Syrian army and allied forces have made swift advances against ISIL in recent days.

Tehran has signed deals worth "several hundred million euros" with Damascus to fix Syria's power grid in the Aleppo city and the provinces of Latakia and Deir Ezzor.

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"Iranian companies are well capable of providing power-plants and energy equipment", said the Syrian minister for his part, "we hope to be able to use these capabilities for the cause of rebuilding Syria".

Mahmoudi, on the Energy Ministry website, said, "We will stand by the Syrian people to rebuild this country".

"Iran's Revolutionary Guards saved the Assad regime from collapsing at a heavy price for Damascus, for now, they own Syria", Emanuele Ottolenghi, a senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, told Reuters news agency.

"I felt that Mr. Putin like Iranian leaders is interested in the expansion of ties", he added.

Based on the Additional Protocol, the Iran nuclear deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), and the framework of cooperation between Iran and the IAEA, the United Nations nuclear watchdog can only inspect Iranian sites built for nuclear activities, Zarif was quoted as saying by Tasnim news agency.