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Iran provides Iraq with electricity: Iraqi minister

Amman, July 30, IRNA-Iraqi Minister of Electricity Abd al-Muhsin Shalash said Friday that Iran has supplied Iraq with its electricity needs based on a mutual agreement and within the frameworks of the country's donation to the Iraqi nation.

Talking to reporters prior to his departure from Jordanian airport, Shalash said that Iraq has settled its electricity problem through Iranian donation.

Iran has allocated one billion dollars to the reconstruction of Iraqi infrastructural projects, he said, adding the major portion of the fund will be spent on electricity industry.

Due to insecurity and continued acts of sabotage in Iraq, its electricity industry has not improved, he said, adding the shortages will be eliminated through implementation of the related projects by the ministry.

Iran and Germany voiced their readiness to reconstruct Iraq's electricity industry during the Brussels Conference to Build International Partnership for Iraq held in June 2005, he said.

The Iraqi minister added that a 20-billion-dollar budget is needed to join Iraq's power network to global network.

Shalash said that Iraq needs 18,000 megawatts of electricity, expressing hope the demands would be met by 2010.

Some 5,300 megawatts of electricity have been provided for the country, adding the figure is expected to reach 6,000 megawatts in coming months.

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