Dushanbe, 9 September 2023 (TDI): Every year on September 9, Tajikistan celebrates its Independence Day. This date, in 1991, signifies the nation’s liberation from Soviet control, a remarkable achievement driven by self-determination.

Tajikistan marked its 32nd Independence Day and the 30th anniversary of its Armed Forces with a grand military parade in Dushanbe on September 8, 2023.

Approximately 20,000 military and law enforcement personnel participated in the parade, showcasing their commitment to defending the nation’s independence and sovereignty.

Tajikistani President, Emomali Rahmon, as the Supreme Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, received a warm welcome from high-ranking officials, including Rustam Emomali and Colonel-General Sherali Mirzo.

The event commenced with the introduction of Tajikistan’s National Flag, symbolizing unity within the Armed Forces.

Participation in the military parade in celebration of the 32nd Anniversary of the State’s independence and the 30th Anniversary of the establishment of the Armed Forces on September 8, 2023

In his speech, President Rahmon praised the resilience and unity of the Tajik people, acknowledging their journey to independence, even in the face of a tragic civil war.

He commended the patriotic service and bravery of the country’s military, recognizing their role in safeguarding peace, societal security, and national borders.

President Rahmon reiterated the government’s commitment to enhancing the combat readiness of the Armed Forces in a complex global context.

On September 7, 2023, Tajikistan celebrated the 32nd anniversary of its State Independence with a gathering at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sirojiddin Mukhriddin, inaugurated the ceremony, highlighting the nation’s accomplishments since gaining independence.

He emphasized President Emomali Rahmon’s significant role in fostering modern national identity, preserving peace and stability, and elevating Tajikistan’s global standing.

Assistant to the President of the Republic of Tajikistan for Foreign Policy Affairs Azamsho Sharifi (left), President of the Republic of Tajikistan, Emomali Rahmon (centre) and Minister of Foreign Affairs Sirojiddin Mukhriddin (right).

Mukhriddin underscored Tajikistan’s diplomatic approach, which is focused on safeguarding national interests and upholding universal values. This approach has solidified Tajikistan’s status as an influential participant in addressing global challenges.

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The event also featured Azamsho Sharifi, Assistant to the President of Tajikistan for Foreign Policy Affairs, who conferred prestigious state honours on deserving Ministry employees.

Additionally, the ceremony included a swearing-in ceremony for young professionals entering public service.

International Congratulations on Tajikistan’s Independence Day

On the 32nd anniversary of Tajikistan’s independence, President Emomali Rahmon received heartfelt congratulations from heads of state, international organizations, and prominent figures. They extended warm wishes for prosperity and progress to the Tajik people.

The Honorable Speaker of Pakistan’s National Assembly, Raja Pervez Ashraf, warmly congratulated the Government, Parliament, and People of Tajikistan on their Independence Day.

Concurrently, Pakistan’s President Dr. Arif Alvi expressed Pakistan’s commitment to deepening its historical and fraternal relations with Tajikistan.

Poland’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs also extended its best wishes and congratulations to the people of Tajikistan on their Independence Day.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Slovenia conveyed its sincerest congratulations and extended warm wishes to the Tajik people, expressing hopes for their continued progress, well-being, and prosperity on the occasion of Tajikistan’s Independence Day.

In addition to these leaders, numerous other world leaders also extended their congratulations to Tajikistan, highlighting the widespread recognition of its achievements and growing importance on the global stage.