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Iran cuts electricity exports to Iraq: Iraqi Spokesman

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Iran has cut electricity exports to Iraq due to the country's accumulated debt of nearly $1 billion to Iran, Iraqi Ministry of Electricity spokesman told Anadolu Agency on Monday.

Mosaab al-Modares said that Iran cut the majority of electricity that it transfers to Iraq.

According to an agreement signed in 2005 between the two countries for electricity supplies, Tehran provides nearly 1.5 to 2 thousand megawatts of electricity to Baghdad.

"Iran, due to Iraq's debts of nearly $1 billion, cut nearly 1.2 megawatts of electricity which is transferred from five main lines," al-Modares said.

Highlighting that they are in contact with Iraq’s Ministry of Finance to prevent a complete black out of electricity, al-Modares noted that a payment of $100 million was previously made last May to Iran but since then, no further payments have been made.

Last July, Iran halted electricity to several cities in neighboring Iraq without giving any warning. Iranian authorities cut electricity to Iraqi cities, Khorramshahr and Basra on the Iran-Iraqi border and Qaryat Al Amar located in the eastern region of Iraq.