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Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Claims Prepared to Undertake Syria Reconstruction Projects

Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Claims Prepared to Undertake Syria Reconstruction Projects

Thursday, 14 December, 2017 - 14:45
Iranian Revolutionary Guards' economic wing leader Ebadullah Abdullahi at a Tehran presser on Wednesday December 13, 2017, Asharq Al-Awsat

Iranian Revolutionary Guard's economic wing leader Ebadullah Abdullahi announced that the Iranian government's debt to the Revolutionary Guards is about 10 billion dollars. He also announced the guard's willingness to undertake reconstruction projects in Syria.

In a Wednesday press conference in Tehran, Abdullahi strongly defended economic activity carried out by the Revolutionary Guard.

The news conference came after Iranian President Hassan Rouhani told parliament on Sunday to submit a new budget proposal for next year. According to the new budget, the government has allocated $ 11 billion to the armed forces, and 70 percent of which will be pumped to the Revolutionary Guard.

Iranian forces "played the first role in Syria," Abdullahi claimed, citing the presence of Iranian forces fighting ISIS. He, at the same time, pointed out to the large Iranian loss of lives but refrained from mentioning accurate statistics.

The external arm of the Revolutionary Guard (Quds Force) has been leading a coalition of multinational militias for six years in Syria.

Abdullahi announced that the Khatam Al-Anbiya group's companies are ready to enter the reconstruction field in Syria, but that such a step depends on the Iranian government reaching an agreement with the Syrian government.

This opens the door for economic activity inside Syria, he added.

Iranian reports claim that the Khatam al-Anbiya group of companies accounts for 20 to 40 percent of Iran's economy.

Since 2012, by virtue of an order by Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, the group has been barred from investing in projects under than $2 billion.

Incidentally, President Rouhani repeatedly accused the Revolutionary Guard of obstructing his government’s economic involvement.

The group includes 812 companies and 650,000 workers, as well as recording activity with more than 5,000 national contractors.

The group was founded in 1989 by Khamenei issued orders, and is part of the economic cooperation arm of Iran's Revolutionary Guards.

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