Dushanbe, 7 June 2023 (TDI): The Foreign Minister of Russia, Sergey Lavrov, visited Tajikistan. He met with President Emomali Rahmon and Foreign Minister Sirojiddin Muhriddin.

The visit, which coincided with the 30th anniversary of the two nations’ Treaty of Friendship, Cooperation, and Mutual Assistance, reinforced Russia and Tajikistan’s long-standing alliance and strategic partnership.

During the sessions, Foreign Minister Lavrov expressed his deep appreciation for President Rahmon’s shared understanding and friendship with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

He underlined the value of building on the achievements of the previous years. He praised President Rahmon for participating in the Victory Parade on Red Square with other international leaders.

Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov paid his respects at the Ismoil Somoni monument in Dushanbe. He offered his admiration for the achievements and contributions of the Tajik people throughout the centuries with a deep appreciation for the culture and history of Tajikistan.

During the appointment with Foreign Minister Sirojiddin Muhriddin, Russian Foreign Minister raised issues related to energy and the economy, which reflected the roots of the two countries’ economies.

Minister Lavrov stressed the necessity of collaboration and active engagement to emphasize the importance of regional initiatives and integration structures in Central Asia and the Eurasian continent.

Both officials reviewed their strong partnership with the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) and the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), intending to enhance their efforts for the benefit of their respective countries.

Both foreign ministers agreed to harmonize measures at the United Nations, CIS, SCO, CA+Russia, CSTO, and other international venues. They emphasized their shared assessments of their alliance and strategic collaboration.

Furthermore, they highlighted the solid legal framework developed through more than 200 agreements and the significant linkages between enterprises in both nations.

During the conversation, cultural and educational exchanges were also underscored. Lavrov appreciated President Rahmon and friends from Tajikistan who work in culture and education for their enthusiastic attitudes toward the Russian language.

Several Russian universities now have campuses in Tajikistan, and the Russian-Tajik (Slavonic) University has been instrumental in fostering productive academic and cultural exchanges between the two countries. The ministers brought up the approaching Days of Russia in Tajikistan to increase cultural understanding and collaboration.

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Foreign Minister Lavrov concluded his visit by speaking at an exhibition and book presentation of the Russian Classical Writers and Orthodoxy series. He underlined the significance of fostering spiritual and cultural relations while highlighting the historical and cultural similarities between the peoples of Tajikistan and Russia.

Lavrov advocated respecting cultural diversity and conversing across civilizations, ethnicities, and religions. He spoke out against efforts to dismantle long-standing norms, underscoring the need to safeguard language, culture, religion, and the freedom to live.

The visit of Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov to Tajikistan demonstrated the strength and depth of the bilateral relationship. The meetings and discussions held during this visit strengthened Russia and Tajikistan’s alliance and strategic partnership, assuring sustained cooperation in various fields for the mutual benefit of both countries.