As reported, promoting economic relations was the major focus of the meeting which was co-chaired by Iranian Energy Minister Reza Ardakanian and Tajikistan’s Minister of Energy and Water Resources Daler Juma, IRNA reported.
Speaking at the meeting, Ardakanian underlined the long historical, cultural, and economic relations between the two countries and said, “Considering the will of the top leaders of the two countries, the implementation of approved agreements requires serious determination [by the two sides].”
“One of the important factors for the expansion of trade relations between the two countries is the establishment of banking relations between the two countries; it is necessary for both sides to take the necessary steps in this regard,” the Iranian minister said.
Welcoming the Tajik side’s proposal for the expansion of Iran's industrial investments in Tajikistan, using the country’s workforce and resources, Ardakanian said, “Solving banking problems is a prerequisite for the development of Iranian investments [in Tajikistan].”
Further in the event, Juma welcomed the Iranian delegation, saying, “The 14th session of the Joint Committee for Economic Cooperation between the two countries will create a special movement in the promotion and development of economic relations between the two countries.”
Referring to trade relations and the trade balance between the two countries in the past few years, he said, “Based on the two sides’ import and export data, there is greater potential for improving trade relations between the two countries.”
Juma also referred to the agreement between the two countries for the implementation of a project to complete the facilities of the Tajikistan Istiqlol Tunnel and noted that his country is ready to fulfill its financial obligations in this regard.