Iran, Tajikistan to exchange water and power

If Tajikistan provides Iran with the necessary water through its rivers, then Iran will provide the country with energy, Iranian Energy Deputy Minister Alireza Daimi said, news site pananews reported on Friday.

Iran meets the needs of the country's electricity, through investing in Sangtudin and Eyni hydropower in Tajikistan.

"Improvement of water and hydroelectric power plants will create an energy corridor between Iran, Afghanistan and Tajikistan. If Turkmenistan joins this corridor, it will lead to greater cooperation between countries in the region" Daimi said.

He stressed that Turkmenistan also has great potential to meet the Iranian water demands, and said there is great potential for the construction of hydroelectric power stations in this country, and Iran is ready to invest in this area.

Several Iranian companies in Tajikistan are implementing important economic projects in power engineering, transport, communications and agriculture.

Iranian companies are building a hydroelectric power station Sangtudin-2 tunnel Istiglol.
Trade turnover between the two countries amounted to 204.1 million in 2011, and this figure was around $16 million in January 2012,.

Iran's direct investment in Tajikistan totaled $14.2 million in 2011.
Iran is occupying the fourth position in the foreign trade of Tajikistan.