Iranians view Russian telecommunications satellite plant

Published June 3rd, 2001 - 02:00 GMT

An Iranian delegation headed by ambassador Safari Mehdi visited a plant in the Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk Wednesday, May 30, to meet Russian technicians building an Iranian telecommunications satellite, the ITAR-TASS news agency reported.  


The delegation was to hold talks with officials of the NPO-PM plant to discuss the design, manufacture and launch of the Zohreh satellite. Russia won the contract ahead of India, France and China.  


The $300-million contract to build the telecommunications satellite was signed by NPO-PM, the foreign trade group Aviaexport and the Iranian telecommunication company, ITAR-TASS said.  


Iran has called on foreign expertise after a long-cherished ambition since the 1980s to build its own telecommunications satellite failed largely for financial reasons. ― (AFP, Moscow) 


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