Iran may import 1 billion cubic meters of potable water from Tajikistan

Iran Materials 27 May 2012 14:13 (UTC +04:00)

Azerbaijan, Baku, May 27/ Trend F.Milad/

Iran negotiates with Tajikistan to import as much as one billion cubic meters of potable water from its northern neighbor, Iranian Energy Minister Majid Namjou said.

"The volume of imports has not been yet defined, but it is anticipated that one billion cubic meters of water will be imported," Namjou added, Mehr News Agency reported.

He made the remarks on the sidelines of the Iran-Tajikistan 9th Joint Economic Committee meeting, which opened in Tehran on Sunday.

Tehran's ambassador to Dushanbe, Ali Asghar Sheardoost, said that during the recent trip of Iranian president to Tajikistan, a memorandum was signed by the presidents of Iran, Tajikistan and Afghanistan agreeing to build a road from Iran to Afghanistan and Tajikistan and from here to China.

"If this road is built, it will be possible to have a pipeline transporting oil and gas from Iran and transporting water from Tajikistan to Iran, Afghanistan and some countries in the Persian Gulf. We also discussed building a petroleum refinery which is in need here in Tajikistan, and for which Iran has the technology", he further said.

Iran and Tajikistan trade turnover last year exceeded $500 million.