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Mullah's FM in Baghdad to revive "joint economic interests"

Foreign Minister Mohamed al-Hakim (R) with his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif

No matter how much Iraqi officials deny it, they cannot hide the loyalty to the Mullah regime, ignoring Iran's role in damaging their country, plaguing it with terrorism and militias' dominance over their cities, threatening their safety and peace.

 

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif was received in Baghdad on Sunday by Iraqi deputy foreign minister, Nizar al-Khayrullah.

Zarif has not visited Baghdad solely, he headed a high-level political and economic delegation, combined of large number of governmental officials, and Iranian chairmen of private companies, alleging that the 4-day visit

Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qassemi said on Saturday that the aim of the visit was to participate in the joint trade forum between the two countries.

Iran the main electricity supplier for Iraq through natural gas exports that keep Iraqi power grid operating.

Independence from Iran

Informed sources said that Iraq has set a new plan to get rid of Iran's influence, based on looking for alternative options with other countries. The sources added that Iraq's Ministry of Electricity set a plan to unlink the ties with Tehran within a year and a half.

They pointed out that the ministry intends to submit the plan to the US to approve it. The US has waived Iraq from Iran's sanctions to get its supplies of electricity, however, this waiver is not permanent.

Observers confirm that Iran - through its people in Iraq - has obstructed the construction of power plants in order to keep Iraq thirsty for its electricity, so that it can implement its terrorist agenda in the country.

 

Iran has been fueling Iraq since 2007 with four power lines reaching Basra, Amarah, Diyala and Khanaqin, supplying these areas with only 1,200 megawatts, according to contracts signed between Baghdad and Tehran in 2007, 2011 and 2013.

However, this amount of electricity does not address the shortage of electricity in Iraq, as the country needs an additional 8,000 megawatts to fill the deficit in their networks. Iraq needs 23,000 megawatts to achieve full sufficiency, while the country currently produces only 15 thousand megawatts.

Power crisis

Although Iraq is ranked as the world's fourth largest oil producer, it is suffering a power crisis. Last summer was challenging, with high temperatures and power cuts.

During the summer, the Iraqi provinces suffered about 12 hours of power cuts.

Iraq produces 15.7 gigawatts of electricity, while 23 gigawatts are required to ensure power is not cut off, which is likely to rise due to continuous increase in demand.

Shortage of gas supplies makes the matter worse. This has been caused as a side effect of the counter-terrorism operations.

The Iraqi government is aware of how big the challenges are. Therefore, the national development plan from 2018 to 2022 aims to increase production capacity to 53 gigawatts.

Last Modified: Sunday، 13 January 2019 10:23 PM
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