World Bulletin/News Desk
Iranian and Syrian officials entered into agreements this week on energy and water supply, Iranian news agencies reported, signalling continued cooperation between the two countries as the Syrian government battles an uprising within its borders.
A Syrian economic delegation has been touring Iran this week, and signed deals with Iranian officials on electricity exports from Iran to Syria, Fars news agency said on Friday.
Iran is a rare ally for Syria, which faces international condemnation over the government's crackdown on a sixteen-month rebellion that has in recent weeks reached its largest cities.
International sanctions levied against Iran for its disputed nuclear programme have put enormous pressure on its economy, raising the spectre of factory closures and higher unemployment.
Iran's energy minister, Majid Namjou, said this week Tehran was prepared to help Syria reconstruct damaged facilities such as power plants.
Syrian activists accuse government forces of shelling residential areas such as Homs, causing huge damage.
"The Islamic Republic of Iran will not leave Syria alone in such a difficult situation," Namjou was quoted as saying on Thursday by Iran's Press TV. Namjou met with Syrian electricity minister Imad Khamis and water resource minister Bassam Hanna, Press TV reported.
Iran will export 50 megawatts of electricity to Syria via Iraq, according to one of the agreements signed, and the two countries will also cooperate in waste and water management, Press TV reported.
'If things improve with Turkey... gas could both be sold to Turkey, and to Greece via Turkey,' Israeli energy minister says
A monitor says regime troops want to push north to the border with Turkey to prevent opposition and weapons from entering Syrian territory
Security coordination between Egypt and Jewish state is 'better than ever', Israeli infrastructure minister asserts
A Saudi soldier and a civilian have been killed as a result of cross-border shelling from Yemen
Iran is has weighed in on the ground troops debate saying that Saudi wouldn't dare to deploy ground troops to Syria
Syria's foreign minister has issued a dire warning warning against any foreign troops entering Syria.
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Heavy Russian air raids over the past two days have helped regime fighters to make fresh gains in southern Syria
Israel will continue to keep its focus on Iran irrespective of any nuclear deal for fear of any possible conflict.
'What we have seen is that the intense Russian air strikes mainly targeting opposition groups in Syria are undermining the efforts to find a political solution,' NATO chief says
The Syrian war and its effect on Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq and Egypt 'have cost close to an estimated $35 billion in output,' according to the World Bank