Uzbekistan and Tajikistan decide to jointly build hydro power plants on Zarafshan River

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Dushanbe, Tajikistan: In a historic regional development, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan have decided to jointly build two hydro power plants on Zarafshan River.

Zarafshan River which is also known as Sughd Durya starts from Pamirs in Tajikistan, and enters Uzbekistan by passing through Penjikent. This river provides water to Samarkand, Navoiy, Bukhara and then disappears into the desert of Karakul.

   

The decision of building hydro power plants jointly was take during the meeting of Takij President Emomali Rahmon with his Uzbek counterpart Shavkat Mirziyoyev in Tashkent on Friday (August 17, 2018).

Zarafshan River
Zarafshan River

Hydro power plants will have capacity of more than 320 megawatt.

According to official media sources, President Shavkat Mirziyoyev during meeting was of the view that political trust between two states was (is) excellent and both the leaders wish to work for development of the region.

“We view your visit as an important political event in the new history of Uzbek-Tajik relations. It shows the mutual firm intention to further expand mutually beneficial cooperation on the basis of the principles of friendship, good-neighborliness and consideration of each other’s interests. Today, we have great opportunities to fully realize the trade and economic and transport-communication potential of our countries, to intensify cultural and humanitarian exchanges. We want this visit to become truly historic, and our agreements served our people for many years, “Shavkat Mirziyoyev said.

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