DUSHANBE, February 11, Asia-Plus  - On February 9-10, Tajik President Emomali Rahmon heading a high ranking delegation was in Iran on an official two-day visit, presidential press service said.

President Rahmon arrived in Tehran Saturday afternoon.  The high-The Tajik ministers of foreign affairs, defense, economy and commerce, energy and industries, transport and communications, head of state committee for national security and a number of advisors and deputy foreign ministers accompanied him on the visit.  

On Sunday February 10, after the official welcoming ceremony President Rahmon and his Iranian counterpart, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, held private talks and after that senior Iranian and Tajik political and economic delegations, headed by the two presidents, held official talks.

Emomali Rahmon Mahmoud Ahmadinejad discussed issues related to expansion of all-out political, economic and cultural relations between the two countries.

According to IRNA, speaking to reporters after their official talks, the two presidents called Iran and Tajikistan the two friendly and brotherly nations with extensive cultural and historical commonalties.

Since Tajikistan attained its independence, the two sides have explored ways to develop ties and respective officials are determined to continue the path, said President Ahmadinejad.

In the course of the talks the two reviewed grounds for expansion of all-out cooperation and reached good agreements on transport, energy and cultural cooperation, he said.

They also discussed various regional and global issues and exchanged views on ways to deal with wrong doing and organized crimes, terrorism, drug trafficking and extremism, said the Iranian president.

He added that the two sides also reached consensus on tripartite cooperation among Iran, Tajikistan and Afghanistan over regional issues.

"Tajikistan is a big country with huge natural and cultural resources and we hope through good management of Tajik president to witness more success and development in the country," he said.

Tajik president, for his part, called his visit to Tehran as preparatory for expansion of ties and cooperation.

The Iranian president has voiced readiness to set up a hydroelectric power plant in Tajikistan, the Tajik president said. 

Given to danger of terrorism, drug trafficking, he called for more cooperation between the two countries in dealing with these issues.

Tajik president also extended an invitation to his Iranian counterpart to visit Tajikistan.

The Tajik president underscored the need for consolidating cooperation among Iran, Tajikistan and Afghanistan as well.

In the meantime, Tajik presidential press service said that after a meeting with his Iranian counterpart, President Rahmon noted that “Iran is ready to construct another hydropower plant in Tajikistan.”  “We hope our common intention will be realized,” said the Tajik head of state, “Iran now actively cooperates with Tajikistan on construction of  a number of hydropower plants.” 

Among them is the Sangtuda-2 station and the issue of speeding up construction of it was discussed at the meeting of the heads of state and it was decided the station will be finished by the end of 2009, presidential press service said.   

According to IRNA, high ranking Tajik and Iranian delegations held talks on ways to develop technical cooperation.

At the meeting, the sides called for speeding up implementation of joint industrial and economic projects.  The two sides studied the latest status of joint projects.

Referring to cultural and historical commonalties, both presidents called for further expansion of ties between Tehran and Dushanbe in political, economic and cultural fields.

Tajik president called for transfer of Iran''s electricity to his country, completion of rail roads and construction of roads connecting Tajikistan to Afghanistan.

They also discussed investment in construction of aluminum plant by Tajikistan in the Islamic Republic of Iran.

The sides also reviewed drawing up preferential tariffs on goods which should be cleared from customs offices.

Tajikistan and Iran signed three agreements on power and petrochemical and transport cooperation.

The agreement on power was signed by the Iranian and Tajik ministers of energy.

The two countries also signed letter of understanding on setting up a joint chemical company and also making joint investment in supplying mechanical equipment for loading and unloading alumina powder shipment at Shahid Rajaei port, IRNA reported.

Presidents of Iran and Tajikistan signed the letter of understanding on cooperation and a joint statement to that effect.

 Furthermore, Iranian ministers of energy and defense met President Rahmon to discuss mutual cooperation in power plant and defense sectors.

During the meetings, President Rahmon urged expediting power transmission project and completion of a project for expansion of railway track and asphalt road from Iran to Tajikistan via Afghanistan.