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The Iranian Mehr news agency reports that Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has arrived in the Tajik capital of Dushanbe on Saturday to attend the ancient Persian New Year (Noruz) festivities, which are being held on Sunday.

The occasion is celebrated in Iran, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, Albania, Kyrgyzstan, India, Afghanistan, Macedonia, Azerbaijan, and Tajikistan.

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The presidents of Iran, Tajikistan, and Afghanistan will attend a trilateral summit in Dushanbe on Sunday. In addition, the three presidents will hold a joint meeting with the Pakistani president on the same day to discuss issues facing Afghanistan.

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