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Tajik president leaves Tehran

Tehran, Jan 18, IRNA-The visiting Tajik President Imomali Rakhmonov, who left Tehran on Wednesday afternoon, was seen off by Commerce Minister Seyed Massoud Mir-Kazemi.

President Rakhmonov and his entourage arrived here Monday night for a two-day visit in response to an invitation from his Iranian counterpart, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, to attend a conference on economic cooperation between the two countries.

Tajik president and his delegation were seen off officially in a ceremony held an hour before their departure.

During his stay in Iran, in addition to attending the meeting on economic cooperation between Iran and Tajikistan, Rakhmonov called on the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei, President Ahmadinejad, Majlis Speaker Gholam-Ali Haddad-Adel and Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki on matters of mutual concern as well as regional and international developments.

Tajikistan, with a population of 6.5 million, is one of the Central Asian republics which gained independence following the disintegration of the former Soviet Union in 1991.

Iran is one of the major exporters of foodstuff and building materials to Tajikistan and an importer of aluminum and cotton from it. Trade exchange between the two states in 2005 stood at 130 million dollars.

Iran has proved its interest in the development of Tajikistan by investing in various projects in recent years, in particular the one on Anzab Tunnel. Besides, Iran has declared its readiness to establish `Sangtoudeh 2' Power Plant in Tajikistan.

At the end of his official visit to Iran, the Tajik president left Tehran for an unofficial tour to Kish Island before flying to Turkey.

Political experts predict the visit by Rakhmonov to Iran will open a new chapter in economic and infrastructural cooperation between Tehran and Dushanbe.

Iran and Tajikistan currently have high-level of political and economic cooperation.

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