The upcoming Iran visit by Tajik President Emomali Rahmon can accelerate the growing trend already reflected by the two countries’ relations, said Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian.
The Iranian foreign minister made the remark in a congratulatory message to a conference on the outlook of Iran-Tajikistan ties, held in Tehran on Monday to mark the 30th anniversary of the two countries’ diplomatic relations, IRNA reported.
Expressing pleasure with 30 years of diplomatic ties between the two countries, Amir-Abdollahian said during the period, Iran and Tajikistan have had friendly and brotherly relations on the back of their historical and civilizational commonalities and common language.
The Islamic Republic was among the very first countries to recognize Tajikistan’s September 1991 independence and the first state to open its embassy in Dushanbe, he added.
The minister said Iran has always voiced support for Tajikistan’s peace, security, independence, national governance and territorial integrity and will continue to adopt the same approach toward the country.
Amir-Abdollahian added solid proof to this claim is the indispensable and unforgettable role played by Iran in bringing about a national reconciliation in Tajikistan and ending the civil war in the country in the 1990s.
He said the new Iranian administration under President Seyyed Ebrahim Raeisi has identified expansion of relations with neighboring countries as its most important foreign policy priority, noting that, to this end, Tajikistan has a special status.
Tajikistan, Amir-Abdollahian said, was the destination of the Iranian president’s first foreign visit, which is again indicative of the importance of the Central Asian state in Tehran’s foreign policy.
The late September visit by the Iranian president to Tajikistan was a successful diplomatic move and a turning point in bilateral relations, which opened a new chapter in the two countries’ ties in political, economic and cultural fields at regional and international levels, the foreign minister added.
He noted that it was during the same trip that the ground was prepared for the Islamic Republic’s permanent membership in the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO), with Tajikistan’s assistance.
Amir-Abdollahian said the upcoming visit by the Tajik president can be another effective step toward the expansion and improvement of the two sides’ cooperation.
The foreign minister hailed the effective and significant role played by the two countries’ diplomatic apparatuses and their related officials in maintaining and protecting bilateral relations and strengthening them over the past 30 years, emphasizing that those in charge of implementing the two sides’ foreign policies will do their utmost to improve, more than ever, bilateral ties and open up new horizons before collaborations between the two friendly, neighboring and Muslim states.
In late September, at its 21st summit in Dushanbe, the SCO formally accepted Iran as the new member of the Eurasian political, economic, and security alliance.
Speaking a day later in a meeting with his Tajik counterpart, the Iranian president called on Tehran and Dushanbe to expand their relations, saying this will pave the way for regional cooperation.
Raeisi stressed that Iran and Tajikistan enjoy ample capacities to expand bilateral relations.
“Deepening and strengthening bilateral relations will also serve to enhance regional cooperation,” he said.
Raeisi noted that through regular meetings and bilateral talks, Iranian and Tajik officials should establish stable and comprehensive relations between the two Persian-speaking countries and make it a model at the regional level.