Tehran, 31 May 2022 (TDI): Tajik President Emomali Rahmon met with Iran’s First Vice-President Mohammad Mokhber in Tehran. The meeting took place on the 30th of May. 

The Tajik President is currently on an official visit to Iran.

The officials talked about the bilateral relationships between Tajikistan and Iran during the meeting. They stressed the importance of peace, stability, and security in the region.

Both sides showed their interest in putting a long-term economic and trade cooperation agreement in place. They signed it in Tehran yesterday and stepped up the joint committee for trade and economic cooperation’s work.

The officials also spoke about forming joint ventures in the light and food sectors, pharmaceutics, metallurgy, construction materials manufacturing, and mining.

Mokhber stated during his meeting with Tajikistan’s President Emomali Rahmon that Iran is prepared to take more necessary steps to export technical and engineering services to Tajikistan. He also emphasized facilitating scientific and academic interactions between the two nations.

The Tajik president had stated that a new chapter of cooperation between the two nations had begun.

The two leaders emphasized the need of establishing peace and security in the area, particularly in Afghanistan. They also talked about the necessity to safeguard peace in the Middle East and Central Asia.

Iran-Tajikistan relations:  

The two nations have traditionally had a particularly close relationship since the fall of the USSR. The former President of Iran Mahmoud Ahmadinejad described them as “one spirit in two bodies” as both are Persian-speaking and Iranic nations.

Iran was the first country to open an embassy in Dushanbe. In 1991, it was also one of the first countries to give diplomatic recognition to Tajikistan, which had just gained independence.

Tajikistan built its first embassy in Tehran in 1995, one of the few outside the former Soviet Union.

Relations have evolved since then. The two countries cooperate in the energy sector and leaders from both countries advocate for closer relations.

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