Dr. Syama Prasad Mookerjee Research Foundation

Salient Points of Press Statement by Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the State visit of President of Tajikistan to India on 17 Dec, 2016

  • I extend a warm welcome to President Rahmon and his delegation in India. Tajikistan is a valued friend and strategic partner in Asia.
  • In India, we deeply appreciate his leadership and contribution to strengthening our bilateral relationship.
  • Our strategic partnership is built on a foundation of mutual respect, trust and shared interests in regional security and development
  • Our cultural, religious and linguistic inter-mingling from the past has carried into the warmth and friendship that characterizes our people-to-people linkages today.
  • India and Tajikistan live in an extended neighbourhood that continues to face multiple security challenges and threats.
  • The threat from terrorism endangers not just our two countries. It casts a long shadow of violence and instability over the entire region. Combating terrorism has, therefore, been an important area of our cooperative engagement.
  • India’s membership of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization will be a valuable platform to work closely on regional security and counter-terrorism efforts with Tajikistan.
  • We agreed that peace, stability and prosperity in Afghanistan are important for the region.
  • India and Tajikistan are joined in our steadfast support of the Afghan people and their aspirations for a peaceful and prosperous nation.
  • President and I agreed on the need to increase the scope and scale of our economic engagement, especially trade and investment traffic. In this context, hydel-power, Information Technology. Pharmaceuticals and healthcare would be areas of priority action.
  • We agreed that enhanced surface connectivity is crucial to realize the promise of our economic partnership for the benefit of our countries.
  • India supports initiatives to develop the existing port and transport infrastructure and connecting it through road and rail network to Afghanistan, Tajikistan and Central Asia.
  • India is also engaged in facilitating the International North South Transport Corridor with other members, including Tajikistan.
  • India and Tajikistan enjoy a rewarding partnership in capacity and institution-building, including under the Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation training programme. President Rahmon and I agreed on sustaining and strengthening this partnership.