Jul 31, 2018, 1:46 PM
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Baghdad says news on buying Saudi Arabia electricity is 'baseless'

Baghdad, July 31, IRNA – Iraq Prime Minister spokesman Saad al-Hadithi denied the news recently published regarding an agreement on purchasing electricity from Saudi Arabia.

Al-Hadithi made the remarks in an exclusive interview with the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA).

Some regional and international media have quoted American media Bloomberg as saying that Saudi Arabia has reached an agreement with Iraq on building a solar energy plant and also selling electricity with a price lower than that of Iran to Iraq.

Musab Sari Mahmoud Al-Modares, spokesman of the Ministry of Electricity had been quoted as saying the agreement which has not so far been approved by Iraqi officials includes building a 3,000 MW plant in Saudi Arabia.

Iraq will be charged $21 for each megawatt which is one fourth of the price of electricity imported by Iraq from Iran, Al-Modares has been quoted as saying.

Al-Hadithi went on to say not only there is no agreement in this regard but no political delegation has so far travelled to Riyadh.

Iraq has dispatched an expert delegation to Saudi Arabia to discuss mechanisms of cooperation in energy field and on giving aid to Iraq for public services and improving energy conditions, Al-Hadithi said.

The result of the talks between two expert groups was that Saudi Arabia could help with supplying fuel for Iraqi power plants.

Iraqi officials had earlier said they had negotiated with Saudi Arabia and Kuwait to supply diesel fuel needed to feed their power plants.

Since the start of protests in Iraq, some regional and international media have created media hype targeting Iran-Iraq relations.

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