News ID: 253842
Published: 1000 GMT June 07, 2019

Iran, Tajikistan to expand ties

Iran, Tajikistan to expand ties

Iranian Ambassador to Dushanbe Mohammad Taqi Saberi and Tajikistan’s Culture Minister Shamsiddin Orumbekov, in a Friday meeting in the Central Asian country’s capital city, exchanged views on ways to broaden mutual cultural cooperation.

In the meeting held in Dushanbe, Saberi and Orumbekov conferred on expansion of cultural relations and cooperation between the two countries, reported.

Referring to the new and increasing development of bilateral relations, Saberi expressed hope to witness further expansion of cooperation and relations during his tenure in the country in different fields including culture, religion and language.

Tajik Minister of Culture Orumbekov welcomed the appointment of Saberi as the Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Iran, noting that "The two nations enjoy common culture, language and religion, and we have a lot of cultural commonalities that can be effective to expand bilateral ties in various fields.”

On Thursday, Direct flights between Iran and Tajikistan were resumed officially, with Iranian airliner Varesh's flight from the holy city of Mashhad, in Northeastern Iran, to Tajik capital city of Dushanbe.

After several months of halt, the direct flight services between the two countries were resumed and according to the schedule, the flight will be on Thursdays every week at 9:15 am from the international airport of Mashhad to the international airport of Dushanbe and return will be at 13:00 the same day.

Two airlines of "Sky" and "Tajik Air" had previously flights on Mashhad-Dushanbe and Dushanbe-Tehran, which had been halted since last year, and passengers heading to Iran and Tajikistan had to travel on an indirect route through third countries, which, in addition to increasing travel costs, increased travel time.

According to Iran's embassy in Dushanbe, given the development of relations between the two countries, the increase in the number of passengers, the approval of airline companies of the two countries, and more use of the capacity of Iranian and Tajik airline companies, the number of direct flights between the two countries will increase in the future.

On Saturday, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and his Tajik counterpart Sirodjidin Muhriddin, in a meeting in Tehran, pledged to expand bilateral relations.

In the meeting, Zarif and Muhriddin underlined the need to boost bilateral cooperation in different fields of mutual interests.

Expanding political, economic, and parliamentary ties, boosting energy and transportation cooperation, holding political and consular meetings, and fighting against terrorism and extremism were among topics discussed at the meeting.

Heading a high-ranking delegation, Muhriddin arrived in Tehran on last Friday evening. Late on Friday, he held a meeting with Iranian Energy Minister Reza Ardakanian to discuss energy cooperation.



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