Iran, Tajikistan Keen to Promote Bilateral Economic Ties
ISLAMABAD (Tasnim) – Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and his Tajik counterpart Sirodjidin Aslov held a meeting in Pakistan’s capital of Islamabad, during which they conferred on the expansion of ties between Tehran and Dushanbe.
Zarif and Aslov, who are in Pakistan to attend the West Asia session of “Heart of Asia-Istanbul Process” Conference, met in the Iranian minister’s place of residence.
During the meeting, Zarif hailed the commonalities of the two countries in history, culture, and language, and underlined the necessity for all-out development of bilateral ties.
“There are numerous grounds for mutual cooperation between the two sides,” Zarif stressed, adding that Tehran is ready to work with Dushanbe in the fight against terrorism, extremism, and drug trafficking.
The Tajik minister, for his part, praised Iran as one of the most important countries in the region and a brotherly state.
“We are seeking to prepare the grounds for increased economic relations by holding a joint economic commission in Dushanbe,” Aslov noted.
He also voiced Tajikistan’s support for Iran’s accession to Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO).
Heart of Asia conference is part of the ‘Istanbul Process’, which provides a platform to discuss an agenda of regional cooperation with Afghanistan at its center.