President of Tajikistan and Prime Minister of India held wide-ranging talks on bilateral, regional and international issues. The discussions were warm and cordial reflecting the mutual trust that exists between the two strategic partners with deep connections in history, language, traditions, arts and culture. The two leaders expressed satisfaction at the close cooperation between the two secular, peace loving, neighbouring countries. Noting that 2017 will mark the 25th anniversary of establishment of diplomatic relations between India and Tajikistan they reaffirmed their commitment to take bilateral relations to greater heights.
The two leaders discussed situation in the region and stressed that terrorism and extremism seriously threaten peace, stability and progress for all countries.
The two leaders agreed that terrorism in all its forms and manifestations must be eliminated without any distinction between good and bad terrorists and called for an end to sponsorship, support and provision of safe havens and sanctuaries to terrorists. Both leaders reaffirmed their resolve to strengthen bilateral counter terrorism cooperation, expand security and defence ties and work for early adoption of the Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism by the UN General Assembly.
Reaffirming their shared interest in fostering peace, stability and development in Afghanistan for regional security and stability, the two leaders called for an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace process and national reconciliation. As neighbours of Afghanistan, India and Tajikistan will work together to contribute to Afghan peace and prosperity.
The two leaders stressed the importance of improving regional connectivity for realizing the full potential of trade and underlined the importance of International North South Transport Corridor in this context. President Rahmon welcomed signing of trilateral agreement among India, Iran and Afghanistan on establishing Chahbahar Transport and Transit Corridors adding that among other avenues it provides connectivity of Tajikistan to warm waters and also to large market of India.
Tajik side appreciated India as a partner in development. Both sides took note of projects under implementation as also those in the pipeline in diverse fields including information technology, agriculture, heath care, training and capacity building, education and culture. President Rahmon thanked India for setting up of computer labs in 37 schools of Tajikistan as announced during Prime Minister’s visit to Tajikistan in July 2015. The two leaders decided to collaborate for capacity building in Tajikistan in the area of application of space technology for human development. They reiterated their interest in cooperating in the farming sector for self-sufficiency in food. They agreed that sustainable generation and distribution of energy is important for regional development. President Rahmon lauded the initiatives of the International Solar Alliance and noted that solar energy projects could be very useful in remote mountainous areas of Tajikistan.
Prime Minister Modi and President Rahmon agreed to celebrate the 25th year of establishment of Diplomatic relations in a befitting manner through festivals, cultural events, conferences and other means of mutual interaction. The two leaders called for greater exchanges of films, TV program and other cultural creations between the peoples of the two countries.
The two leaders expressed satisfaction at the excellent cooperation between India and Tajikistan on multilateral issues and mutual support for the initiatives of the two countries in the United Nations and other international forums. President Rahmon thanked India for cosponsoring resolution strongly moved by Tajikistan for declaration of years 2018-28 as International Decade of Action: Water for Sustainable Development.
The two leaders called for comprehensive reforms of the UN structures. President Rahmon reiterated support of Tajikistan to India’s candidature for permanent membership of an expanded UN Security Council. He also welcomed India's imminent full membership of Shanghai Cooperation Organization.
President Rahmon thanked the Indian leadership and people of India for the warm reception and hospitality accorded to him and his delegation during his visit to India. He extended invitations to Prime Minister Modi and President Mukherjee to visit Tajikistan.
Happening now- joint press meet with President Emomali Rahmon. Watch. https://t.co/KgDumcYFrj— PMO India (@PMOIndia) December 17, 2016
Tajikistan is a valued friend and strategic partner in Asia: PM @narendramodi— PMO India (@PMOIndia) December 17, 2016
Our strategic partnership is built on a foundation of mutual respect, trust and shared interests in regional security and development: PM— PMO India (@PMOIndia) December 17, 2016
President Rahmon and I had fruitful discussions earlier today: PM @narendramodi— PMO India (@PMOIndia) December 17, 2016
President and I agreed on the need to increase the scope and scale of our economic engagement especially trade and investment traffic: PM— PMO India (@PMOIndia) December 17, 2016
India and Tajikistan enjoy a rewarding partnership in capacity and institution-building: PM @narendramodi— PMO India (@PMOIndia) December 17, 2016
PM: The threat from terrorism endangers not just our 2 countries. It casts a long shadow of violence and instability over the entire region pic.twitter.com/lgKLazq8EK— Vikas Swarup (@MEAIndia) December 17, 2016
PM: We appreciate Tajikistan’s role in the Central Asian region as a mainstay against forces of extremism, radicalism, and terrorism pic.twitter.com/n8TZvyFkly— Vikas Swarup (@MEAIndia) December 17, 2016
PM: India and Tajikistan are joined in our steadfast support of the Afghan people and their aspirations for a peaceful and prosperous nation— Vikas Swarup (@MEAIndia) December 17, 2016
PM highlights sectors of hydel-power, Information Technology. Pharmaceuticals and healthcare as priority areas for economic engagement pic.twitter.com/G6go19j6CM— Vikas Swarup (@MEAIndia) December 17, 2016
PM concludes by highlighting the 25th Anniversary of dipl'c relations in 2017, says he is encouraged by the wide-ranging agenda for action pic.twitter.com/SDGg3cDHF7— Vikas Swarup (@MEAIndia) December 17, 2016