Iran has reportedly agreed to give Syria $1 billion in exchange for Syria refusing to enter into talks with Israel.
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Syrian President Bashar Assad reached the agreement last Thursday in Damascus, Ynetnews.com reported Saturday, quoting a story published in the London-based al-Sharq al-Awsat newspaper.
Iran has agreed to transfer $1 billion to Syria to buy 400 advanced T-72 Russian tanks, 18 MiG-31 warplanes, eight Sukhoi fighter jets and eight Mikoyan helicopters, it was reported.
Iran also offered to help Syria build a mid-range missile-making plant, equip the Syrian army with Iranian-made armored vehicles and tanks, and assist Syria in developing a nuclear research program.
In return, Assad pledged not to enter peace talks with Israel. In a news conference after the meeting, Ahmadinejad said Iran and Syria are united against common enemies.
"We hope the summer will bring victories to the region's nations and failures to their enemies," Ahmadinejad said, refusing to elaborate.
Güncelleme Tarihi: 22 Temmuz 2007, 13:36