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Iranian newspaper Tehran Times quoted an Iranian energy official as saying that the Islamic Republic will start exporting 50 megawatts (MW) of electricity to Lebanon and Syria as of next week.

Abdolhamid Farzam, Iran Energy Ministry’s official in charge of foreign exchanges said on Sunday that electricity export to Lebanon and Syria is part of an agreement reached between energy ministers of Iran, Iraq, Syria and Lebanon last February.

last February, Iran’s Energy Minister Majid Namjou said Iran was planning to export electricity to Syria and Lebanon through Iraq’s power grid.

This development comes after Iranian Ambassador to Lebanon Ghadanfar Rokenabadi said last February 20th that Lebanon can begin buying electricity from Syria in two months.

Damascus has been experiencing several power cuts in many neighborhoods according to Al Jazeera report last February and for this reason Lebanese do not expect Syria to share any of the 50 MW with Lebanon

Roknabadi originally said on January 28 that Tehran was willing to help Lebanon end its chronic electricity problems.

“Lebanon requires [an additional] 1,000 MW and we consider this to be a small amount … given that we export around 25,000 MW and we have a surplus of production estimated at around 6,000 MW. We can resolve this problem easily … as soon as possible with simple conditions,” Roknabadi told reporters

Based on today’s Tehran Times report the power blackouts in Lebanon will continue

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