Uzbek, Tajik officials focus on water, energy issues
Tashkent, Uzbekistan, Nov. 18
By Demir Azizov– Trend:
Uzbekistan’s Foreign Minister Abdulaziz Kamilov met Tajikistan’s First Deputy Minister of Energy and Water Resources Sulton Rahimzoda to discuss water and energy resources usage issues, the press service of the Uzbek Foreign Ministry reported.
The parties exchanged views on the issues on the rational use of water and energy resources in Central Asia, according to the foreign ministry.
Uzbekistan-Tajikistan relations were strained due to Uzbekistan being against the construction of the Rogun hydropower plant in Tajikistan.
Uzbekistan fears quakes may destruct the soon-to-be-built 335 meter tall hydropower plant dam since there is a salt dome on the construction site of the plant, which is located 115 km to the east of Dushanbe.
Tajikistan set out the construction of a dam for the Rogun plant in late October.
The Rogun plant is expected to be the largest hydropower plant in Central Asia.