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Iran Strikes Deal With Syria to Repair Power Grid

Emanuele Ottolenghi
12th September 2017 - Quoted by Bozorgmehr Sharafedin and Ellen Francis - Reuters

Iran signed deals with Damascus on Tuesday to repair Syria's power grid, state media said, a potentially lucrative move for Tehran that points to a deepening economic role after years of fighting in the Syrian conflict.

Shunned by Western powers, the Syrian government is looking to friendly states such as Iran, Russia and China to play a major role in rebuilding the country, as the war heads toward its seventh year.

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"Iran's Revolutionary Guards saved the Assad regime from collapsing at a heavy price for Damascus for now they own Syria," Emanuele Ottolenghi, senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies told Reuters.

"I expect these to be the first in a wave of tenders won by IRGC companies, which will have the best reconstruction projects to Iran," he added.

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iran, syria