Iran signs deal to fix Syria's power grid

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Syrian state-run SANA news agency reported that the deals were inked on September 12 during a visit by Syrian Electricity Minister Zuhair Kharboutli to Tehran.

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.

Syrian regime forces retook the city at the end of previous year with the help of Russian air raids and Iranian-backed militia in a merciless bombing campaign after months of a crippling siege.

While the brutal siege of East Aleppo ended eight months ago, municipal authorities only restored the electricity supply to the city last week. Electricity generation dropped by more than half from 2010 to 2014, according to the latest figures available from the OECD's International Energy Agency monitoring group.

"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.

"We had a good cooperation on fight against terrorism in Syria and establishing peace there", Zarif told reports following his meeting with President Putin on Wednesday in Moscow.

Hezbollah has been fighting alongside the Syrian regime and Iran in the Syrian civil war.

He said, 'We want the region to be stable and ask every country to behave proportionately to their territorial size, away from expansionism and greed'.

Kharboutli also signed memorandums with Iranian Energy Minister Sattar Mahmoudi pledging to build five additional power stations in the coastal Latakia province, the construction of wind and solar farms, and reconstruction of the power stations in Deir al-Zour and Homs.

Assad's government awarded a concession to Iran to operate a new cellular network for Syria in January.



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