Wednesday, September 29, 2004

Iran's Parliament Speaker writes to Khatami on TAV, Irancell

Iran's Parliament Speaker writes to Khatami on TAV, Irancell: "Iran's Parliament Speaker writes to Khatami on TAV, Irancell
Tehran, Sept 28, IRNA -- Majlis Speaker Gholam Ali Haddad Adel wrote a letter to President Mohammad Khatami on Wednesday in which he announced parliament's readiness to carry out expert investigations on TAV and Irancell (Turkcell) contracts.
The speaker further assured the president that the Majlis will prepare the grounds for implementation of the contracts once it receives a bill to verify the contracts.

Majlis (Parliament) on Sunday passed a bill that would make the validity of contracts with Turkcell and Tepe-Akfen-Vie (TAV), foreign companies that won bids to expand Iran's mobile telecommunications infrastructure and manage the Imam Khomeini International Airport, respectively, effective only after they are ratified by parliament.

Following the decision, President Mohammad Khatami postponed his pre-planned visit to Turkey believing that the new bill had curtailed the president's power to finalize agreements with Turkish companies during the visit to the neighboring state.

President Mohammad Khatami was scheduled to make an official visit to Turkey this week."

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