Minister: Iran finalizes 2 electricity agreements with Iraq

FNA – Iranian Energy Minister Reza Ardekanian announced that his ministry has signed two agreements with Iraq’s electricity ministry to broaden mutual cooperation.

“The agreements are about the reduction of the losses of the electricity distribution network in the provinces of Karbala and Najaf as well as repairing distribution transformers in Iraq,” Ardekanian said on Tuesday.

On the sidelines of the visit of Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi, Ardakanian held a meeting with Iraqi Electricity Minister Majid Mahdi Hantoush.

Referring to the financial debts of the Iraqi side, Ardekanian added that “it was agreed in the meeting that the payment of debts will begin at the end of July.”

The Iraqi prime minister arrived in Tehran at the head of a high-ranking politico-economic delegation on Tuesday for talks with the Iranian officials.

Ardekanian welcomed the Iraqi prime minister at Mehrabad International Airport.

Immediately after the official welcoming ceremony for the Iraqi prime minister, the official delegations of the two countries began bilateral talks. The Iraqi prime minister also met with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani.

After the private meeting of the Iraqi Prime Minister with President Hassan Rouhani, the joint talks of the high-level delegations of the two countries were held at the presence of Jahangiri and Al-Kadhimi.

Al-Kadhimi was also received by Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei and he will also met with Iranian Parliament Speaker Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf during his two-day stay in Tehran.

Iraqi foreign, oil, energy, finance, defense and health ministers are accompanying Al-Kadhimi during his Tehran visit.