Foreign Policy
Sat Sep 26, 2020 6:15
Iran, Tajikistan Vow to Expand Energy Cooperation
TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Minister of Energy Reza Ardakanian and his Tajik counterpart Usmonali Uzmonzoda in a videoconference underlined the need to broaden bilateral relations, specially in economy and energy sector.

During the videoconference on Saturday, the two sides, who also co-chair the Joint Commission on Economic Cooperation between the two countries, stressed the need to hold a meeting of the Joint Committee by videoconference to follow up on the issues.

The energy ministers of Iran and Tajikistan stressed the development of economic and energy relations.

Uzmonzoda, for his part, expressed his satisfaction with participation in the 11th meeting of the Governing Council of the Regional Center for Urban Water Management.

Tajikistan's minister of energy and water resources also emphasized his country's determination to develop cooperation.

Underlined the deep cultural and historical relations between the two countries and great capacities for cooperation, the Iranian and Tajik ministers agreed to hold the 14th meeting of the Joint Commission on Economic Cooperation between the two countries on a date to be subsequently agreed through diplomatic channels.

In relevant remarks in early March, Iranian and Tajik Presidents in a phone conversation underlined the necessity for continued trade relations between the two countries amid the coronavirus epidemic.

In the phone talk, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and his Tajik counterpart Emomali Rahmon mutually congratulated each other on the advent of the holy month of Ramadan and discussed the latest situation of bilateral relations in various sectors.

Referring to historic, religious, and cultural commonalities between the two nations and friendly and brotherly relations between the two governments, the two presidents stressed the need for further development of cooperation in line with ensuring both sides' interests.

Both sides also called for restoring trade and economic relations to the previous level while observing health guidelines, saying that the two nations and governments have always been and will stand by each other.  

Rouhani hailed Iran's achievements in producing testing kits and other medical equipment need for fighting coronavirus, saying, "We are ready for meeting Tajikistan's needs in the field."

For his part, President Rahmon praised Iran's achievements in the face of coronavirus, saying that further development of relations with Iran is one of the key policies of Tajikistan in foreign relations.

Despite being entangled in the fight against coronavirus, Iran has in recent weeks sent medical equipment to a number of neighboring and friendly states.





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