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Ahmadinejad Unveils Hydropower Station In Tajikistan, Denounces West

Iran President Mahmud Ahmadinejad briefed the media before departing Tehran's airport for Tajikistan on September 4.
Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad has criticized world powers for interfering in domestic affairs of Asian and African countries as he helped unveil a hydroelectric power station in nearby Tajikistan.

Ahmadinejad spoke during a joint ceremony to unveil the Sangtuda-2 dam and power plant with his Tajik counterpart, Emomali Rahmon.

Iran, which has put some $180 million into the construction of the hydropower station, will operate it for the next 12 years and then transfer control to Tajikistan, whose contribution to the construction costs amounted to around $40 million.

The power plant on the Vakhsh River, 150 kilometers south of the capital, Dushanbe, is expected to help alleviate power shortages in Tajikistan.

compiled from agency reports