Iranian minister meets Tajik PM, reaffirms support for implementation of Tajikistan engineering plans
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He has reportedly noted during the meeting thatIranian companies are ready to implement technical and engineering projects in Tajikistan.
Mehrabiyan, who is also co-chair the Joint Iran-Tajikistan Commission for Trade and Economic Cooperation, said that the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei believes that the Iranian and Tajik nations are relatives, announcing the Iranians’ readiness for assisting their Tajik brethren.
He reportedly announced the Iranian companies’ conditions, their highly competing prices for offering services, and high quality products.
Tajik prime minister, for his part, appreciated the hosting of Iran in the ceremony in which 17 cooperation documents were signed, saying that those documents pave the way for a lot broader mutual cooperation, according to IRNA.
Qohir Rasoulzoda reportedly said that the horizon of the two countries’ cooperation is now broader than ever before, announcing Dushanbe’s readiness for unprecedented economic and business ties.
The prime minister also ensured Mehrabiyan that he is well aware of the competence and high quality of the technical and engineering services of the Iranian companies at rational prices, IRNA said.
Meanwhile, the Tajik MFA information department says Tajik Foreign Minister Sirojiddin Muhriddin on June 7 met here with the Minister of Energy of the Islamic Republic of Iran Aliakbar Mehrabiyan.
The two reportedly exchanged views on the importance of Tajik president’s global water initiatives, prospects for further expansion of bilateral multifaceted mutually rewarding cooperation between the two countries, as well as effective ways of implementing the agreements reached during the recent official visit of Tajik president to Iran.
IRNA says Mehrabiyan noted during the meeting that Iran is ready to cooperate with Tajikistan in modern technologies.
The two reportedly also underlined the need for intensifying the private sectors of Iran and Tajikistan as the driving force of expansion of bilateral economic cooperation.
Iran-Tajikistan cooperation has seen constant growth, with periodical ups and downs, since Tajikistan’s independence in 1991 when Iran became the first country to recognize the ex-Soviet state.
Ali-Ashraf Mojtahed Shabestari, the head of the Iran-Tajikistan friendship association who was the first ambassador of Iran to Tajikistan in the 1990s, told IRNA in late May that Tajikistan has a unique status among countries in Iran’s view, and the two countries’ relationship has always been growing except for rare times when it was disrupted by misunderstanding.
According to him, no country is as intimate and dependent on Iran as Tajikistan, a relationship which is derived from historical, cultural, ethnic, and linguistic commonalities.
IRNA notes that so far, Iranian presidents have had 13 trips to Tajikistan and Tajik presidents have visited Iran 17 times, in addition to visits paid by foreign ministers, parliament speakers, and other high-ranking officials.
During these visits, Iran and Tajikistan have reportedly signed over 170 cooperation documents.
Tajikistan and Iran have also had cooperation in the framework of regional organizations, including the Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) and Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), which was properly manifested in Tajikistan’s support of Iran's ascension to SCO in 2021.