TEHRAN - Water officials from Iran and Tajikistan will cooperate in making the hydraulic model of the Roghun Diversion Dam, IRNA reported.

An expert-level meeting was held with the participation of the representatives from the ministries of Energy, Foreign Affairs, Transport and Urban Development, Sports and Youth Affairs, as well as the Trade Promotion Organization (TPO) under the framework of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) inked at the 16th Iran-Tajikistan Joint Economic Cooperation Commission.

During the expert meetings, the participants presented suggestions for the expansion of cooperation between Iran and Tajikistan in various fields, including the dispatching of the representatives of the Water Research Institute to Tajikistan for the provision of the hydraulic model of Roghun Diversion Dam and Water Intake Tunnel.

Tajikistan's capital Dushanbe hosted the 16th meeting of Iran-Tajikistan Joint Economic Committee on December 27 and 28, 2023.

The documents and MOUs in the committee meeting were signed by Iranian Energy Minister Ali-Akbar Mehrabian and Tajikistan Energy and Water Resources Minister Daler Juma who co-chaired the two countries’ Joint Economic Committee.

Speaking in that event, Mehrabian said the trade between Iran and Tajikistan has increased by 10 times over the past two years.

According to the official, the value of trade between the two countries which was $23 million in the Iranian calendar year 1399 (2020-2021) reached $280 million in the previous Iranian calendar year (ended on March 20, 2023).

“During the previous visit of President Raisi to Tajikistan, the two countries had set a $500 million target for the trade between the two sides, and now considering the current trend of relations, a much higher goal can be set,” Mehrabian said.

Earlier in November 2023, Iran and Tajikistan also signed a joint statement and 18 cooperation documents and MOUs to deepen bilateral strategic relations.

The joint statement was signed between President Raisi and his Tajik counterpart Emomali Rahmon in Tajikistan's capital Dushanbe.

The documents and MOUs were inked by the Iranian and Tajik ministers in the presence of the two presidents.