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Turkmen, Tajik, Afghan Presidents Meet With Iranian President

Source RFE/RL; photos by ISNA

The presidents of Turkmenistan, Tajikistan and Afghanistan have held separate talks with Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad in Tehran.

Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad greets his Tajik counterpart Emomali Rahmon in Tehran

Ahmadinejad told Tajikistan's President Emomali Rahmon that Iran would help complete Tajikistan's Sangtuda-2 hydropower plant this year.

Rahmon said he hoped Sangtuda-2 would start supplying electricity to Tajikistan before the country marks the 20th anniversary of independence later this year.

Ahmadinejad spoke with Turkmenistan's President Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov about strengthening ties. He also presented the Turkmen president with a two-seater airplane.

Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad greets his Afghan counterpart Emomali Rahmon in Tehran

Berdymukhammedov also took advantage of Afghan President Hamid Karzai's presence in Tehran to meet with Karzai and discuss the proposed TAPI natural-gas pipeline project that would bring Turkmen gas through Afghanistan to Pakistan and India, avoiding Iranian territory.

Ahmadinejad also met Iraq President Jalal-Talabani who was in Tehran for Norouz festivities

The Tajik, Turkmen, and Afghan presidents, as well as Iraqi and Armenian presidents, were invited to Iran to participate in the Norouz holiday celebrations there.

compiled from agency reports

Copyright (c) 2011 RFE/RL, Inc. Reprinted with the permission of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 1201 Connecticut Ave., N.W. Washington DC 20036.

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