Iran, Lebanon agree to boost ties
The Islamic Republic of Iran and Lebanon have emphasized on the significance of expanding bilateral cooperation in oil and gas sectors as well as dam construction, Press TV reported.
In a meeting with Lebanese Energy Minister Gebran Bassil, Tehran's Ambassador to Beirut Ghazanfar Roknabadi said Iran's Ministry of Oil is willing to offer Lebanon its experience and technical expertise in the fields of drilling and oil exploration on land and in sea.
Roknabadi added that Iran's private sector is prepared to construct fuel tanks in the city of Tripoli.
The Lebanese minister welcomed the offers and pointed to the existing bilateral agreements to help resolve Lebanon's challenges in producing electricity. Gebran Bassil also called for the further involvement of Iranian companies in building power plants in Lebanon.
During the meeting, plans for the constructions of the Balaa Dam by Iran in northern Lebanon, which was recently approved by the Lebanese cabinet, were also discussed and an initial agreement was reached to start the construction process.
In July 2011, Lebanon's Prime Minister Najib Mikati announced that "the Lebanese government is ready to cooperate with Iran in all fields."
Edited by: S. Isayev