AT Monitoring Desk-KABUL: The Chief Executive, Abdullah Abdullah, during his visit to Tajikistan met with a number of Tajik leaders, including Tajik President, Emomali Rahmon, where they discussed expansion of bilateral ties between the two countries.
According to the Chief Executive’s office, the Tajik President in his meeting with Abdullah said that Tajikistan has always supported Afghanistan and is interested to strengthen its relations with the friendly and brotherly country.
He said Kabul-Dushanbe ties have great and special importance for the region.
In the meantime, Abdullah said that Tajikistan is a priority in Afghan government’s foreign policy. He said it is his first foreign trip after taking office in September.
The two leaders stressed on strengthening of cooperation between the two countries, and said the cooperation is intensifying with implementation of projects for construction of bridges across Panj River border, CASA-1000 and construction of the railway connecting Tajikistan and Turkmenistan through Afghanistan.
They also exchanged views on the TAPI gas pipeline project, railroad from China though Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Afghanistan to Iran, and other regional projects.
The Chief Executive arrived in Tajikistan on Sunday. He will take part in the International Water Conference in Dushanbe on June 9-11.
Dushanbe-based Asia-Plus new agency reported that the Afghanistan’s Abdullah met with Tajikistan Prime Minister Qohir Rasoulzoda.
The source quoted Subhiddin Muhiddinov, a senior consultant at the Tajik president’s press center as saying that the two talked about prospects of further expansion in bilateral cooperation,
Expansion of economic cooperation between the two countries was reportedly a major topic of the meeting. The two, in particular, chat about a broad range of issues related to development of cross-border trade between Afghanistan and Tajikistan, cargo transit and customs cooperation.
The Tajik PM and the Afghanistan Chief Executive also signed a joint statement on prospects of cooperation between the two countries.
Moreover, Afghan Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani and his Tajik counterpart Sirojiddin Aslov signed a protocol on cooperation between foreign ministries of Afghanistan and Tajikistan in the presence of Abdullah and Rasoulzoda.