Press statement by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Tajikistan

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First of all, I would like to once again express my gratitude to my colleague Mr. Subrahmanyam Jaishankar for such a meaningful, constructive and beneficial conversation, which took place in an atmosphere of friendship and mutual understanding.

I would like to remind that at the invitation of the Tajik side, the Minister of External Affairs of India paid an official visit to the Republic of Tajikistan on March 30-31 this year.

As part of the program of this visit, my colleague had the fruitful meetings with the Founder of Peace and National Unity, Leader of the Nation – the President of the Republic of Tajikistan H.E. Mr. Emomali Rahmon, the Chairman of the Majlisi Namoyandagon of Majlisi Oli of the Republic of Tajikistan and the Minister of Defense of our country.

Distinguished participants,

During the constructive and fruitful conversation of the Foreign Ministers of the two countries the issues of bilateral relations between Tajikistan and India in various fields were considered and the views were exchanged on other regional and international issues of mutual interest.

Primarily, I would like to highlight that, expansion of relations with India is one of the priorities of our foreign policy and we support the reinforcement and advancement of multilateral cooperation.

Regular dialogue at the highest level allows us not only to discuss current issues and prospects of our partnership, but also to exchange views on regional and international issues.

Friendly and constructive talks between our leaders during high-level visits to the two countries gave a new impetus to our bilateral cooperation.

We are satisfied with the level of political contacts between Tajikistan and India, including at the highest positions.

It is noteworthy that the mutually beneficial cooperation are constantly increasing between the two friendly countries. We are ready to use all necessary means to strengthen and expand this cooperation, taking into account the national interests of both countries.

The Republic of Tajikistan and the Republic of India have signed a package of documents in the fields of economy and trade, promotion and mutual protection of investments, cooperation in the fields of information, culture, education, health, tourism, air communication, security and others. These documents have created a favorable legal basis for the promotion and development of comprehensive cooperation between the two friendly countries.

Dear friends,

It was noted that, the Tajik side is interested in attracting Indian capital in the implementation of infrastructure, production, trade and service projects. At the same time, the Indian side is invited to take an active part in opening joint ventures in the Free Economic Zones of our country.

In the energy sector, it was stressed that Indian public and private companies should be more actively involved in the implementation of energy projects, including renewable energy.

We called on the Indian side to expand cooperation and attract direct investment along with modern technologies in the agricultural sector.

We focused on strengthening mutually beneficial cooperation in the field of medicine between Tajikistan and India, especially in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic and the fight against this plague of the century. Taking advantage of this opportunity, on behalf of the Government of Tajikistan, I would like to thank the Government of India for providing medical assistance in the first phase of registration of the Covid-19 in the country and the transfer of 192,000 doses of vaccine through the Covax mechanism.

Distinguished attendees,

We appreciated the cooperation between Tajikistan and India in the framework of international and regional organizations, including the United Nations, the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, the Conference on Cooperation and Confidence Building Measures in Asia and the Dialogue between India and Central Asia.

We noted the fruitful cooperation between the two countries in the framework of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization and expressed hope for the participation of the distinguished delegation of this friendly country in the Jubilee SCO Summit, which will be chaired by Tajikistan on September 16-17 in Dushanbe. In this context, we expressed our gratitude for the support of Tajikistan's initiatives during our chairmanship in this Organization.

It was delightedly mentioned that, next year we will mark the 30th Anniversary of the establishment of Tajik-Indian diplomatic relations, and are planning to celebrate this important date by holding the high-level political and cultural events.

Dear Mr. Subrahmanyam Jaishankar,

Distinguished members of the media,

Ladies and gentlemen,

We believe that the bilateral and multilateral relations between the Republic of Tajikistan and the Republic of India will further expand in the future and will serve the interests of the two friendly peoples.

I wish you all good health and success.

Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Tajikistan