Syria signs Aleppo power plant contract with Iran

Iran’s share in the Iraqi market stood at 19.7% in March 2016-17

The government of Syria has signed an agreement with Iran to fix parts of the war-torn country's power grid, state media said, in an early sign of the major role Tehran is expected to play in Syria's reconstruction.

He then highlighted that Iran's resources in water and electricity industries make the country able to play a bolder role in rebuilding the war-torn country of Syria.

"The aim of our participation in this round is to strengthen the de-escalation zones in Syria, in Eastern Ghouta, the south, and north of Homs, and to discuss many violations that took place since the ceasefire agreement was signed in Ankara at the end of the previous year", al-Aridi told AFP.

Tuesday's agreement involves restoring the main control centre of Syria's electricity grid in the capital, Damascus, SANA said.

The deals were signed in Tehran by Syrian Electricity Minister Mohammed Zuhair Kharboutli and Sattar Mahmoudi, the acting head of Iran's energy ministry, the sources said.

It says Iran's "activities in Syria and unquestioning support" for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's government "have perpetuated the conflict and increased the suffering of ordinary Syrians".

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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.

Iran, along with Russian Federation, has backed President Bashar al-Assad in Syria's six-year-old civil war against USA - and Turkish-backed rebels and in the fight against the extremist group Islamic State (IS).

"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.

Earlier this year, Assad's regime awarded a concession to Iran for the operation of a new cellular network in Syria.

Iranian firms are already involved in a series of electricity generation projects in Syria.

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