Tuesday, September 11, 2007


Iran to provide Iraq with fuel and electricity

(Voices of Iraq) - The Iranian government will supply Iraq with fuel and electricity during the coming seven months and allocate $1 million to rebuild Iraqi infrastructure, Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister Mohammad Rida Baqeri said. During a news conference held following the second Iraq's Neighbors' Conference on Sunday, Baqeri indicated that his government will provide Iraq with up to 1,250 megawatts of electricity during the coming few months.
Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki on Sunday inaugurated the 2nd conference of Iraq's neighbors in Baghdad with the participation of more than 22 states, regional and international organizations. The conference aimed to assess progress achieved on the recommendations from the first neighbor's conference and the Sharm al-Sheikh conference held in May 2007.
Describing the conference's deliberations as "good and positive," Baqeri noted that the talks demonstrated the Iraqi government's ability to surmount all challenges, and a significant improvement in the security situation.
Baqeri also revealed his plan to discuss with Iraqi officials ways to boost mutual relations between the two countries.
In response to a question about recent developments in U.S.-Iranian talks, Baqeri said, "We accepted to sit down and talk with our enemies (in reference to the U.S. side) for Iraq's sake. If the Iraqi government asks us to sit down and talk with them again, we will consider its request."

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