Ahmadinejad's Chief Aide Arrives in Dushanbe
Iranian President's Chief of Staff Esfandiar Rahim Mashayee started a 3-day official visit to Tajikistan on Saturday to meet with high-ranking officials of the Central Asian state, Fars News Agency reported.
Chairman of Tajik State Property Committee Matlubkhon Dovlatov and Iranian Ambassador to Dushanbe Ali Asqar She'rdoust welcomed Mashayee upon arrival at Dushanbe International Airport.
The visit by Mashayee takes place within the framework of the two countries' plans for expanding their mutual cooperation.
Conclusion of contract for establishment of the Iran House in Tajikistan, participation in the House's ground breaking ceremony, and presence in the inaugural ceremony of Iran Geology Center in Dushanbe are among the most important plans of the Iranian official.
The Iranian official is also slated to meet with Tajik President Emomali Rahmon and Prime Minister Oqil Oqilov to confer on cooperation between the two countries.
He will attend inaugural ceremony of the 2nd International Zurkhaneh Championship, Hakim Abolghassem Ferdowsi Cup, on Sunday as 11 countries are to take part in it.
The Iranian official is also to attend the inaugural ceremony of Iran Language and Culture House in Tajikistan National Guard University and also the inaugural ceremony of Shahriyar Library in Tajikistan Writers Association.
Mashaie will on Sunday visit the Istikol Tunnel (also known as Anzob Tunnel) as well as Sangtuda 2 Hydroelectric Power Plant. Both projects are commissioned by Iranian private companies in Tajikistan.
Iran and Tajikistan have recently accelerated expansion of their ties and cooperation and observers believe that the good achievements of their mutual cooperation, specially in energy and industrial fields, should be deemed as a result of the efforts made by the two countries' officials.