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Security aspect of Turkcell agreement should be guaranteed by Information Ministry

Tehran, Jan 21, IRNA -- The managing director of the Electronics Industries Company under the Defense Ministry said in Tehran on Friday that the security aspect of the Turkcell agreement should be guaranteed by the Information Ministry.

Ebrahim Mahmoudzadeh's comments were in response to a statement of Mohammad-Reza Katouzian, a member of a joint commission created by Majlis to review questionable aspects of the Turkcell deal.

Katouzian on Wednesday told reporters government regulatory authorities had ignored the opinions of members of parliament on the the security aspect of the Turkcell deal.

Mahmoudzadeh said that the Information Ministry, in a formal letter, stated eight conditions to be met before it would confirm security for the Irancell consortium, the local partner in the project.

The Turkish and Iranian sides have accepted the conditions laid down by the ministry, Mahmoudzadeh said, adding that the pertinent contract will incorporate the conditions.

Mahmoudzadeh pointed to the Information Ministry's security undertaking, saying confirmation of the security aspect of the agreement was equally vital to meeting the country's mobile phone need.

Enforcement of the Irancell deal, better known as the second operator deal, is dependent on the approval of the related bill presented by the government to Majlis.

Enforcement of the Turkcell and TAV agreements will depend on the approval of the above-stated bill by the legislature.

After the government last year submitted the Turkcell bill to Majlis, which approved the bill's urgency on October 26, a special committee was appointed to scrutinize questioned aspects of the deal.

Under the agreement announced by Turkcell on Thursday, a consortium comprising Iranian, Turkish and European manpower was to implement the project within 15 years and add 16 million mobile phone lines to Iran's mobile phone network.

According to officials of the Ministry of Finance and Economic Affairs, the Turkcell contract is the second biggest agreement involving foreign investment and technology after the approval of the foreign investment and incentives law.

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