During the consultations, Vladimir Putin and Emomali Rahmon discussed key issues of bilateral relations, efforts for the further development of mutually beneficial cooperation in the political, trade, economic, cultural, humanitarian and other fields, and current regional problems.
Following the talks, Vladimir Putin and Emomali Rahmon signed a Joint Statement. In addition, the heads of state attended a ceremony to exchange documents signed during the visit.
The documents deal, in particular, with building and equipping Russian-language general education schools in several cities in Tajikistan, the employment of citizens of Tajikistan in Russia, cooperation in tourism and petroleum product deliveries to Tajikistan, as well as biological safety, countering drug trafficking and simplifying customs procedures. Documents were also signed on cooperation between the ministries of culture, academies of sciences and Olympic committees of Russia and Tajikistan.
The presidents also made statements for the press.
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Beginning of conversation with President of Tajikistan Emomali Rahmon
President of Russia Vladimir Putin: Mr President, friends,
We are very pleased to welcome you to Moscow.
There is no need to describe our relationship, as it is a truly allied relationship, in the full sense of the word, and a strategic partnership. We have a well-established political dialogue, and we cooperate in the military field, both within the CSTO and on a bilateral basis. Economic ties are also growing between us.
Today we will have an opportunity to discuss these matters in more detail, although we have had a chance to talk and did so for almost an hour before the official meeting; we have already discussed some of the key spheres of our interaction. Now let us talk about each of these fields separately, with our colleagues – in an expanded format following a restricted meeting.
We are delighted to see you. Welcome.
President of the Republic of Tajikistan Emomali Rahmon: Mr President,
Thank you for the invitation to come to the Russian Federation on an official visit.
Russia is a key strategic partner and ally of Tajikistan and has a leading place in Tajikistan’s trade and economic relations. Our cooperation in the cultural and humanitarian spheres is on the rise, and security cooperation is being strengthened.
I am confident that today's meetings will give a fresh impetus to further deepening the entire scope of contacts between our countries.
Thank you once again.