0612 GMT December 15, 2017
Attracting investment for transferring Iran's gas to Tajikistan can be a turning point in improving economic relations between the two countries, said the speaker of the Iranian Parliament on Wednesday.
Ali Larijani, who was speaking on the sidelines of the 10th plenary session of the Asian Parliamentary Assembly (APA), told the Vice Speaker of Tajikistan Parliament Khairiniso Yusefi that investments can be attracted for, particularly, generating electricity and transferring water from Tajikistan to Iran and sending gas from the Middle Eastern state to the Central Asian country, Shana reported.
Commenting on the high capacity of Iranian companies for presence in the Tajik market and helping improve the country's economy, he said that Iran-Tajikstan relations can be strengthened given the commonalities between the two states.
Larijani said bilateral relations have been developing following the declaration of independence by Tajikistan on September 9, 1991, following the collapse of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR).
Speaking in the same meeting, Yusufi extended his sympathy to the Iranian people on the earthquake that hit western Iran.
He called on Iran and Tajikistan to work towards strengthening bilateral ties.
The 10th APA meeting began in Istanbul on November 21 and will continue until November 24.
The meeting is themed 'Sustaining Peace and Development in Asia'.
The 9th APA meeting was held in Cambodia in November 2016.