Iran offers Tajikistan hydro development aid

The presidents of Iran and Tajikistan have signed a joint declaration calling for cooperation in a broad range of endeavors, including construction of hydropower projects in Tajikistan.

Tajik President Imomali Rakhmon led a delegation to Tehran in February for talks with President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. National newspapers printed the text of their declaration.

Tajikistan invited Iran to take more active participation in developing Tajikistan’s hydroelectric potential. Iran said it was prepared to accelerate construction of the 220-MW Sangtuda 2 hydroelectric project. Iran has been helping build Sangtuda 2 on the Vakhsh River. (HNN 6/27/07)

Iran said it also was ready to discuss construction of the 850-MW Shurob hydroelectric project on the Vakhsh. (HNN 12/20/07)

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