Syrian, Iranian Electric Cooperation

TEHRAN, (ST) - During their meeting held yesterday in Tehran,  the Minister of Electricity, Imad Khamis, and Iranian Minister of Energy, Hamid Chitchian, reviewed ways of enhancing bilateral cooperation between the two countries, especially in the electricity sector due to the importance of the electricity  as an important service sector in society and everyday life.

On the sidelines of the XIII International Exhibition for the Electricity Industry and the 9th International Exhibition for Water Facilities and Sanitation held in Tehran with the participation of a number of a   number of countries, the two sides stressed  determination to work and develop areas of cooperation and to remove all obstacles to the work of companies and electrical projects in Syria and find new floor for future cooperation in the field of supply , transmission and distribution of electricity and renewable energy.

The minister stressed the need to expand areas of bilateral cooperation in the field of electricity, installations, equipment, electrical projects and services in Syria and the optimum utilization of the billion dollars worth line of credit  to the Syrian government, pointing out that the contracts signed and funded by the credit line were put in place to enhance the steadfastness of the Syrian people , who have suffered for more than two years of war .

For his part, the Iranian Energy Minister expressed his country 's readiness to cooperate with Syria in all fields , especially in the field of electricity .

Mr. Khamis also discussed with head of the Office of the Iranian President, Mohammad Nahavandian,  bilateral relations and ways and mechanism of cooperation in various fields, especially in the field of electricity , gas, oil and credit line .

The minister reviewed with Mr.  Nahavandian the reality and the development of the electricity sector in Syria and said, "We are determined to build Syria and achieve victory thanks to the awareness of the Syrian people and aware of the size of the big plot targeting the elements of the people’s life."

The minister expressed his appreciation to the Government and people of Iran for supporting Syria in the unjust war in the various fields.

For his part, Mr. Nahavandian underlined that Syria will be victorious and will emerge stronger and Iran will continue to support her and said , " topics listed on the agenda will be continued by the Syrian embassy in Tehran to be solved and implemented ."

Mr. Khamis also met with General Director of the Export Development Bank, Bahman Wakilly, and discussed appropriate ways and mechanisms to accelerate the implementation of contracts to secure Syria's future needs in the field of energy , health and other commodities.

For his part, Eng. Khamis and the Minister of Energy and Natural Resources of Armenia, Armen Mosisian, in the presence of the Minister of Energy of Iran and the Syrian ambassador in Tehran discussed ways of bilateral cooperation in the field of electric power , stressing the depth of historical relations between the two countries in all fields.

Mr. Mosisian stressed his country's strong ties with the Syrian people , expressing hope that the crisis in Syria will be ended as soon as possible and asserted his country 's readiness to cooperate with Syria in various fields.

It is noteworthy that the Minister of Electricity and the accompanying delegation and the Syrian ambassador in Tehran attended the opening ceremony of the 3rd International Exhibition of electricity industry with the participation of 306 Iranian companies and 64 foreign companies from thirteen countries such as China , Turkey, South Korea, Austria , Germany, Italy , Switzerland, Spain, India , Denmark, Bulgaria , the Netherlands and France.

Eng. Khamis also took part in the opening of the 9th International Exhibition of Water and Water Equipment and Sanitation with the participation of 210 Iranian companies and 13 foreign companies from 12 countries. He toured the exhibition and briefed on the latest industries of electricity and water equipment.

Sharif al -Khatib