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Iranian Majlis Approves Supply of 1mn Tons of Free Oil to Syria

On 11 December the Iranian Majlis (parliament) approved a bill providing forthe supply of lmn tons of free crude oil to Syria. An Iranian Foreign Ministryofficial said that the gift was the result of Syria's confrontation with Israeland its stance on the Gulf war with Iraq.

Since 1983 Iran has been supplying Syria with 6mn tons/year (120,000 b/d) ofoil, subject to approval by the Majlis each...