31 May 2007 - 19:16
  • News Code: 106035
Iran-Turkey Energy Cooperation

TEHRAN -- Iran"s Energy Minister Parviz Fattah at the head of a high-ranking delegation arrived in Ankara on Wednesday evening.

Cooperation in electric energy transfer, construction of power plants and improvement of electricity transfer lines are among issues to be discussed between Iranian delegation and Turkey"s officials.

Turkey"s Energy Minister Hilmi Guler will head the Turkish delegation and the official talks will start Thursday in Ankara, Irna reported.

Attracting private sector participation in electricity affairs and investment on construction of power plants will be also discussed in the bilateral talks.

It is said that an agreement between Iran"s Energy Ministry and a Turkey"s private company will be signed to sell Iran"s electricity and its distribution in the eastern parts of Turkey.

Fattah conferred on Thursday with his Turkish counterpart Hilmi Guler on expansion of mutual cooperation in the electricity and water sectors.

Speaking in a joint press conference, the two ministers described the results of their talks as very "positive, constructive and promising".

The visit is taking place at the official invitation of Turkish energy minister.

Hilmi Guler said the two sides exchanged information on water and electricity mainly for generating and transferring electricity, construction of dams and power plants.

The Iranian minister, for his part, said that President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad underlines the need for expanding economic cooperation between the two countries.

There are good grounds for expansion of bilateral cooperation in the energy sector, he said.

Iran is a very capable and powerful country in the region and Turkey plays a significant role in this region, he said.

Iran welcomes the active presence of Turkish investors in electricity and water sectors, he said.

Iranian minister extended an official invitation to his Turkish counterpart to visit Tehran to continue talks and this was accepted by the Turkish minister.

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