Iran's energy minister said his country was ready to offer technical services to Iraq in the fields of energy and electricity, expressing content with the current level of cooperation between the two neighboring countries, according to Iran's news agency Fars.
"Iranian experts, who acquired a good know-how in setting up power stations and extension of high-pressure lines, are ready to offer their experience to their Iraqi counterparts," Pervez Fattah said after receiving visiting Iraqi Electricity Minister Kareem Waheed.
Iraqi Deputy Premier Burham Saleh had paid an official visit to the Iranian capital Tehran on Wednesday, leading a delegation that comprised Waheed, Trade Minister Abdelfalah al-Sudani and other government officials.
Saleh met with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and other Iranian officials to discuss means to activate economic agreements and supplying Iraq with electric power as well as other topics of mutual interest.
Fattah said the Iranian companies were ready to participate in the international tenders in Iraq to launch projects in the spheres of energy, water and sewage.
Waheed, for his part, praised as "distinguished" relations binding Iraq and Iran, noting the Iraqi government is welcoming cooperation with the Iranian companies, reported Fars.
Waheed had told Aswat al-Iraq – Voices of Iraq – (VOI) on Friday that the two countries signed an agreement to provide Iraq with 4500 megawatt of electricity.
"Iranian companies will carry out a project of a power station with a capacity of 320 megawatt in the eastern Baghdad district of Sadr City," he said, adding that Iranian companies have also finalized designs for another power station in al-Hadariya area, Najaf province, 180 km southwest of the Iraqi capital Baghdad as a gift for the Iraqi people.
(Voices of Iraq)