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Iran builds power plant in western Syria

Iranian gas turbines arrive in the western Syrian province of Latakia on August 8, 2021. (Photo by Syrian Arab News Agency)

Iran has started building a power plant in the western Syrian province of Latakia as part of the Islamic Republic’s bid to help the Arab country rebuild itself after more than of a decade of foreign-imposed war.

On Sunday, it was reported that a number of gas turbines had been shipped to the province in line with Iran’s efforts to carry out the project.

Pictures circulated across the social media showed the huge equipment entering Latakia using heavy transport vehicles.

Iran’s Mapna Group, a sprawling industrial conglomerate, has been tasked with implementing the project.

The Islamic Republic has been providing economic, political, and military advisory support for Syria in the face of the foreign-backed violence that began afflicting the Arab country in 2011.

The advisory assistance helped the Arab country defeat the Takfiri terrorist group of Daesh in late 2017.

The volume of the Islamic Republic’s exports to Syria now stands at some $1 billion each year. The countries' ties are now focused on helping Syria rebuild itself and recover faster from the fallout of the war.

Most recently, the two sides reaffirmed their intention to further develop their relations during a trip by Iranian Parliament Speaker Mohammad-Baqer Qalibaf to Damascus.

Shortly before that, President-elect Ebrahim Raeisi—who has now been formally inaugurated as the Islamic Republic’s chief executive—and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, talking on the phone and laying emphasis on the same imperative.

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