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Iran ready to build dams in Lebanon

Staff writer ▼ | February 26, 2015
Iranian Energy Minister Hamid Chitchian voiced Tehran's willingness to construct dams in Lebanon, saying that the country is ready to provide Beirut with the necessary technical facilities.
Hamid Chitchian
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Speaking to reporters after a meeting with the Lebanese Minister of Environment Muhammad al-Mashnuq in Tehran, Chitchian said Iranian companies can participate in the construction of dams in the Arab country.

“We held serious talks (with the Lebanese side) on dam construction in Lebanon and Iran's experiences and capabilities in the field of dam construction were explained,” the Iranian minister said. He said such participation needs necessary studies, and added, "Iran is ready to provide the friendly country of Lebanon with all its technical capacities and facilities."

Speaking to reporters, Al-Mashnuq said about the meeting that issues related to the two countries' cooperation on water, dam construction, contamination of water resources and mechanism to remove water resources problems were discussed.

In recent years, Iran has been one of the leading countries in terms of the construction of dams. Iran's success in this field has largely been driven by its arid climate and its growing need for water resources.

While Iran has been building dozens of dams across the country, it has increasingly looked to the external market. It has dam construction projects in Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and in neighboring Azerbaijan and Armenia. More recently, Iran has begun to develop dams further afield, for example, in Nicaragua and Ecuador.