Minister of Post, Telegraph and Telephone Seyed Ahmad Motamedi said in Isfahan on Saturday that his ministry is in talks with a Russian company as well as certain European companies on implementation of Zohreh satellite project, IRNA reported.
Motamedi told reporters that preliminary discussions with a Russian company on the issue have not been fruitful due to its refusal to accept certain conditions. He added however, that the talks are not yet over.
He said his ministry along with the Ministry of Science, Research and Technology are in talks with an Italian consultant company on Mesbah satellite project.
Motamedi had in April 2002 announced that Iran would sign a contract with the Russian company Uoya Export after it won an international tender to build and launch the Zohreh (Venus) satellite.
However, the announcement came in from criticism from the Parliament which claimed the Uoya Export was a 'middleman' and that another Russian company, NPOPM, had a better claim to the project.
The deal in July 2002 sparked a spat between the Parliament and the PTT after the deputies prepared a bill to summon Motamedi for his failure to consider the Parliament's objection to the project.
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