August 11, 2008

Tajik, Afghan, Iranian Ministers to Meet to Discuss Power Line Construction

Excerpt from report by privately-owned Tajik news agency Asia- Plus

Dushanbe, 11 August: The heads of the energy bodies of Tajikistan, Afghanistan and Iran intend to meet in Dushanbe soon.

A source in the energy holding [company] Barq-i Tojik [Tajik Electricity] told Asia-Plus that the parties were specifying the date of the meeting, but it is possible that the meeting of the three ministers will take place ahead of the summit of the presidents of the SCO [member countries; the Shanghai Cooperation Organization]. The source said that in Dushanbe the energy ministers of Iran, Parviz Fattah, of Afghanistan, Mohammad Esmail Khan, and of Tajikistan, Sherali Gul, will discuss an agreement on Afghanistan's purchase of electricity from Tajikistan and the construction of a new 220-kV power line Sangtuda-1-Pol-e Khomri, stipulated by the agreement, through which Tajik electricity will be transferred.

Furthermore, the participants in the meeting will discuss the construction of a power line Central Asia-South Asia-1,000 (CASA- 1,000).

[Passage omitted: an agreement to hold the tripartite meeting was reached during Tajik Foreign Minister Hamrokhon Zarifi's recent visit to Iran]

Originally published by Asia-Plus news agency, Dushanbe, in Russian 1100 11 Aug 08.

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