TEHRAN – Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi, who traveled to Dushanbe to attend the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit, met with his Tajik counterpart Emomali Rahmon on Saturday.
Speaking to the Tajik leader, Raisi stressed that Iran and Tajikistan have good capacities to expand their relations. He said increased ties would pave the way for regional cooperation.
“Deepening and strengthening bilateral ties and interactions will also serve as a basis for improving the level of regional cooperation between the two states,” Raisi said, according to Press TV.
“Through regular meetings and bilateral talks, Iranian and Tajik officials should establish stable and comprehensive relations between the two Persian-speaking countries, which are becoming a model at the regional level,” suggested the Iranian president.
Raisi’s visit to Dushanbe culminated with Iran’s acceptance on Friday as a full member of the SCO after waiting for years as an observer to the political, economic and security alliance Eurasian.
The SCO summit was held on Thursday and Friday.
The accession marks President Raisi’s first achievement in his new post, during his visit to a country that had opposed Iran’s membership in the SCO in the past, Press TV commented.
Rahmon thanked Raisi for accepting his invitation and making his first overseas visit as Iran’s new president to Tajikistan.
Referring to the joint projects implemented by Iranian experts in Tajikistan, he said: “The friendship and love that exist between the peoples and governments of the two countries is a fertile ground for improving the level of cooperation and cooperation. relationships ”.
During the meeting, the two sides highlighted the common religion, culture and language of their nations and expressed hope that the efforts of Iranian and Tajik officials will mark a new chapter in economic, cultural and political cooperation.
Raisi also traveled to the town of Kulob in southern Tajikistan to visit the tomb of Mir Sayyid Ali Hamadani, an Iranian scholar, poet and Sufi Muslim saint of the Kubrawiya order.
Speaking to locals, Raisi said relations between Iran and Tajikistan go beyond politics and the two countries have “deep sincere and cultural ties.”
Iran, Tajikistan set target for $ 500 million trade
At a meeting of the main delegations of Iran and Tajikistan, the two sides set the goal of promoting trade relations at $ 500 million per year.
The delegations also signed eight cooperation documents, notably in the fields of tourism, labor and energy.
“Common Views on Afghanistan”
During a press conference with his Tajik counterpart, the Iranian president declared that the agreements “attest to the serious will of the two countries to develop their relations”.
He also stressed that relations with Tajikistan are one of the foreign policy priorities of the Islamic Republic.
“I hope that this trip will open a new chapter in relations with Tajikistan and that we will see the development of cultural, tourist and scientific ties between the two countries, as well as economic and trade relations,” he added. .
Raisi further noted that Iran and Tajikistan share similar views on Afghanistan, stating: “We believe that foreign interference in Afghanistan has caused many disasters and the hands of foreigners should be cut off. country. Foreigners have neither established nor promoted security. They were also unable to solve the problems of the Afghan nation.
“The question of Afghanistan must be resolved by the people of the country and with the cooperation of neighboring countries which are interested in Afghanistan… The intra-Afghan talks should be facilitated. The government that will be formed in Afghanistan must be inclusive, ”he continued.
“The Americans, who formed Daesh, went to Afghanistan following evil acts in Syria and Iraq. The presence of Daesh in Afghanistan is dangerous not only for Afghanistan but also for the region… We are opposed to the presence of any current which prepares the ground for the growth of terrorist currents in Afghanistan. We do not accept that a terrorist current and Daesh reside along our border and harm countries, the region and Afghanistan.