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Iran, Tajikistan vow to boost ties in all fields

By Xinhua

Tehran : Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and his Tajik counterpart Emomali Rakhmon on Sunday stressed the expansion of relations in all fields, Iran’s state-run Press TV channel reported.

Speaking to reporters after their official talks here, the two presidents said that Iran and Tajikistan are two friendly states with many commonalities.

“The Iranian and Tajik nations have had constructive and growing ties since Tajikistan’s independence some 16 years ago,” Ahmadinejad said. “They have been determined to further promote bilateral relations.”

He stated that in his talks with Rakhmon, the two sides discussed political cooperation on the regional and international scenes as well as fighting against organized crime, terrorism, narcotics and extremism.

No obstacle would prevent the expansion of ties between Tehran and Dushanbe, the Iranian president added.

Rakhmon, for his part, said that his visit to Tehran was taking place to prepare the groundwork for boosting bilateral cooperation, which would be in line with the interests of the two countries.

Iran and Tajikistan have significant potential to cooperate in the fields of transportation, energy, joint venture and culture, Rakhmon said, adding that Tehran has had good cooperation with Dushanbe on the implementation and completion of big power plants.

The Tajik president also extended an invitation to Ahmadinejad to pay a visit to Dushanbe, Press TV reported.

Also on Sunday, Iran and Tajikistan signed three memoranda of understanding to boost cooperation in energy, petrochemical and transportation sectors.

The energy ministers of Iran and Tajikistan inked an agreement on the expansion of cooperation in various fields in the energy sector at the end of formal talks between Ahmadinejad and Rahmonv in Tehran.

Officials of the two countries also inked agreements on the establishment of a joint chemical company and the setting up of a joint venture, according to Press TV.