The Iranian hacker group known as “Revolution until the overthrow of the regime,” which is close to the People’s Mujahedin Organization, published documents belonging to the Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, including those related to Syria’s huge debts to Iran.
The documents indicate that the budget that Iran spent in Syria exceeds previous estimates and exceeds “50 billion dollars.”
On May 7, the hacker group “Revolution Until the Overthrow of the Regime” announced that it had penetrated the websites and systems of the Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and obtained a large number of its documents and databases, according to the “Iran International” website. A few hours later, Nasser Kanaani, a spokesman for the Iranian Foreign Ministry, considered that the hacking attack was not important or effective.
It is noteworthy that the issue of Syria’s debt to Iran has been raised in the public arena in the past few years, more than ever before. It was the first time that this issue was mentioned by Heshmatullah Falahat Pisheh, a member of the Iranian parliament and head of the National Security Committee, as he indicated that the debts ranged between 20 to 30 billion dollars.-
In one document from October, Syria’s total debt to Iran was estimated at more than $50 billion: “From 2012 to the end of 2020, more than $11 billion in oil was sent to Syria.-
According to the published documents, the agenda of the National Security Council meeting, Marat, stated that the important agreement signed between Iran and Syria in 2018 “has not and will not be approved by the parliaments of the two countries; Because the Syrians do not want this agreement to harm their free oil, and the National Security Council is not ready to send it to Parliament because of many secret clauses in this agreement.
According to the published documents, this agreement was never implemented, and in one of the agendas of the meeting, concern was expressed that if this agreement was not approved by the parliaments of the two countries, the possibility of legal pursuit of the debt would be completely lost.
It is noteworthy that Ibrahim Raisi’s visit to Syria in May was once again accompanied by a lot of publicity, and Iranian regime officials, including Ibrahim Raisi himself, stressed that economic issues are the “ruling spirit” of the negotiations during this trip.