Tehran, Dushanbe determined to boost all-out relations

TEHRAN, May 30 (MNA) – Referring to the increase in trade relations between Iran and Tajikistan, President Raeisi said that Tehran and Dushanbe are determined to strengthen relations in all fields.

Speaking at the joint press conference with his Tajik counterpart, Emomali Rahmon, on Monday in Tehran, Ebrahim Raeisi said, "Today's meetings paved the way for good decisions for relations between the two countries."

"We have good relations with Tajikistan for various reasons, including neighbourliness, common culture, religion, language and civilisation," he said.

Referring to his recent visit to Dushanbe at the invitation of his Tajik counterpart to attend the summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), Raeisi said, "The trip was a turning point in relations between the two countries.  The two countries have a serious determination and will to develop political, economic, trade, cultural and interaction in the fields of energy, tourism, water and natural resources and science and technology."

Improving the level of bilateral relations can lead to the strengthening of regional and international interactions, he said, adding, "The development of relations between the two Muslim and neighbouring countries can be promising for the two nations and interests of the two countries."

Pointing out that the two countries share common views on regional issues, Raeisi said, "The two countries believe that the presence of outsiders in the region has not, and will not, provide security in any way and that regional issues should be discussed and settled through talks between officials and heads of state of the region itself. The two countries believe that the presence of outsiders cannot solve any problem."

Iranian President continued, "Iran and Tajikistan agree on the issue of Afghanistan and that an inclusive government should be formed in this country that represents all parties, groups and ethnic groups. Both countries also want stability and security in Afghanistan and throughout the region, and consider the presence of terrorists in this country very worrying."

Emphasizing that the Islamic Republic of Iran and Tajikistan do not tolerate the presence of terrorists in Afghanistan or other parts of the region, Raeisi said, "The two countries believe that the outsiders and the evil hands of the Arrogance that strengthen ISIL and terrorist groups in the region do not even think about the security of the people of Afghanistan and the region, and they are only pursuing their own political goals and interests."

"Evidence of this was the 20-year presence of NATO and the United States in Afghanistan, which resulted in nothing but war, bloodshed and destruction for the country," he said.

The President said that Iran and Tajikistan also share views in the fight against terrorism, narcotics and organized crime, adding that cooperation between the two countries and countries in the region in this area can help stabilize and strengthen regional security.

Tajik President Emomali Rahmon also expressed satisfaction with his visit to the ancient land of Iran, noting the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries, saying, "In this 30-year period, Tajikistan and Iran have done practical steps for the consolidation and development of inclusive relations and have been able to achieve a high level of constructive cooperation."

The President of Tajikistan described the meeting and the talks as a continuation of the ongoing bilateral efforts to expand relations and continue the great achievements of the people of the two countries, saying, "Today, in an atmosphere of mutual understanding, trust and respect, we had fruitful discussions and discussed the most important topics for relations between Tajikistan and Iran."

Referring to the long-term programme of cooperation between the two countries until 2030, Rahmon noted, "During today's visit, good agreements were signed in various economic and trade fields, as well as the activities of the Iran-Tajikistan Joint Council and the Joint Investment Committee."

"I am confident that these agreements will give new momentum to the two countries' cooperation in the fields of politics, economy, trade, investment and culture," he said.

The President of Tajikistan said that constructive political talks between the two governments pave the way for further strengthening the atmosphere of mutual understanding and mutual trust and securing the interests of the two countries.

Describing the current situation in the region and the world as sensitive, the President of Tajikistan stressed the need for cooperation between the two countries in the field of security, adding, "The two countries have common concerns about Afghanistan and stated that they welcome all political and diplomatic efforts and humanitarian aid for ensuring the security and prevent a humanitarian disaster in this neighbouring country."

The President of Tajikistan mentioned the strengthening of cooperation in the fight against terrorism, drug trafficking and organized crime as other agreements reached during the visit, adding, "Bilateral cooperation, as well as cooperation between the two countries within the framework of regional and international organisations, can help address common concerns of the two countries in these areas".

ZZ/President.ir

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