Iran seeks to expand ties with Tajikistan in all areas

May 9, 2007 - 0:0
TEHRAN -- Iran seeks to expand ties with Tajikistan in all areas, and the country’s development will benefit the entire region, President Mahmud Ahmadinejad said here on Tuesday in a meeting with his Tajik counterpart Emomali Rakhmon.

Expressing satisfaction that the previous agreements between the two states have been implemented, Ahmadinejad said he hopes ties between Tehran and Dushanbe will be strengthened.

Relations can be developed through the spheres of energy, transportation, hydrology, road construction, industry, trade, and culture, he stated.

Iran and Tajikistan have similar views on various regional and global issues, he added.

Iran favors the establishment of organizations for regional cooperation, especially in the economic field, he said.

Rakhmon expressed appreciation for Iran’s efforts to expand ties with Tajikistan in order to help develop the country.

Dushanbe asks Tehran to share its experiences in various fields and seeks joint investment in economic projects, he added.

Meanwhile, Majlis Speaker Gholam-Ali Haddad-Adel met with Tajik president on Tuesday.

According to IRNA, the Majlis speaker said all Iranian high ranking officials favor expansion of ties with Tajikistan.

He said the Iranian parliament has a century record and it is ready to broaden parliamentary cooperation with the Tajik parliament.

Haddad Adel said that Iranian parliament is ready to ratify the agreements already signed between the two countries.

Lauding Tajikistan’s support for Iran's peaceful nuclear program, he said there is no doubt that the nuclear dispute is a pretext to prevent the country from attaining its rights and a reaction to Iran’s support for the oppressed Palestinian nation.

Referring to Iran's dramatic scientific development and capabilities, he voiced Tehran's readiness to broaden scientific cooperation with Tajikistan.

The Tajik president called for expansion of comprehensive cooperation between the two countries especially in transfer of electricity and road construction.

"It is the legitimate right of the Islamic Republic of Iran to benefit from peaceful nuclear energy,” he noted.