Partnership between BHEL and Syria in energy sector

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Hardwar, Jan 19 (UNI) Country's largest power generation equipment maker Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd BHEL today said it will assist Syria in increasing its electricity generation capacity.

Syrian Deputy Prime Minister Abdullah Dardari was here last evening to explore the possibilities of an agreement in the energy sector between Syria and BHEL.

Dr Dardari said Syria needed 1,000 MW of electricity in the next 15 years. ''We think that the BHEL, which is a world class company for manufacturing heavy electricals equipments, can provide a reliable partnership to us in fulfilling our energy generation requirements,'' he said.

He added that there were great possibilities of cooperation between India and Syria in various fields such as information technology, automotive parts, transport, agriculture, mining, chemicals and telecommunications.

Dr Dardari said Syria had an increasing number of the telecom devices at six million and there was tremendous scope of cooperation in the sector between the two countries.

Replying to a question about the rise of terrorism in different parts of the world, Dr Abdullah said terrorism was a negation of the values of a civil society.

Syria was one of the first victims of terrorism in world and that they suffered heavily due to terrorism in 1980, Dr Dardari said.

When asked about how to evolve an effective strategy to combat this international menace, he said it could not be curbed by policing alone and that developmental activities and redressal of social and economic issues was required to fight it.

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