News ID: 261924
Published: 0325 GMT November 22, 2019

Iran, Russia energy ministers discuss ties in Moscow

Iran, Russia energy ministers discuss ties in Moscow

Iranian Energy Minister Reza Ardakanian and his Russian counterpart, Alexander Novak, discussed ways of expanding economic ties between the two neighbors, with a focus on the energy sector and a five-billion-dollar loan that Moscow plans to give Tehran to implement infrastructure projects in the Islamic Republic.

Speaking to reporters in Moscow, Ardakanian said two weeks ago, Iran was informed that its proposal to use all the five-billion-dollar loan has been welcomed by Russia, reported Tasnim News Agency on Friday.

Accordingly, the meeting attended by relevant officials was held to develop future plans and operationalize the agreement on the loan, he added.

The minister went on to say that the Iranian government approved the projects related to the loan on Sunday.

The two projects include the construction of a 1,400-megawatt power plant in Sirik in the southern province of Hormuzgan and the electrification project of the Inchebron-Garmsar railway, he said.

Heading a delegation, Ardakanian left Tehran for Moscow on Thursday to follow up on the five-billion-dollar loan Russia is going to give Iran.

In September 2019, Iran and Russia signed final documents of a deal which allows Moscow to grant the 1.2-billion-euro loan to Tehran for the construction of Sirik Power Plant in southern Iran.

Back in February, Ardakanian highlighted the country’s self-sufficiency in the area of power generation and said the Islamic Republic is the top producer of electricity in the Middle East.

   
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