DUSHANBE, May 18, 2019 – As part of the 7th Foreign Ministers' meeting of Central Asia plus Japan Dialogue (CAJD), Kazakh Foreign Minister Beibut Atamkulov met with the President of Tajikistan Emomali Rahmon.
The Minister stated that Tajikistan remains a reliable friend of Kazakhstan and an important strategic partner in Central Asia. “We sincerely appreciate the established cordial relations between our countries and the leaders of the states,” said Minister Atamkulov.
The parties discussed the upcoming 5th Summit of the Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia to be held in June in Dushanbe. The Kazakh Foreign Minister noted that Kazakhstan expresses its gratitude to the Tajik side for its active work as Chair and is ready to continue lending its full support during the chairmanship.
President Rahmon highlighted the enormous contribution of the First President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev to the development of Kazakhstan and the entire region of Central Asia. “Nazarbayev is a very farsighted politician and a strong leader. He enjoys the highest authority among world leaders,” said the Tajik President.
At the same time, President Rahmon noted that he has personally known President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev for more than 20 years as an experienced diplomat and professional. He wished Kazakhstan good and transparent presidential elections, the results of which, undoubtedly, would serve the good of the Kazakh people.
In recent years, Kazakh-Tajik relations have intensified, political ties have strengthened, and trade turnover has increased, reaching $845.9 million in 2018, 8.2% higher than in 2017. The parties intend to increase bilateral trade to $2 billion in the next 3-4 years.
Kazakhstan mainly exports grain, flour, sunflower oil, building and coating materials, petroleum gas, gaseous hydrocarbons, and oil to Tajikistan. In turn, Tajikistan exports vegetables, fruits, ores, lead, zinc and copper.
Thanks to the interaction of Tajik companies with the Kazakh export company “KazakhExport”, effective cooperation in the supply of railway and metal products is being carried out; bus depots and the infrastructure of power supply in Dushanbe are being updated. KazakhExport plans to open an office in the capital of Tajikistan in May this year.
There is great potential for cooperation in the development of transport and transit. It was proposed to continue work on a flexible tariff policy for the transport of goods on the territory of the two states. Kazakhstan also offered satellite communications services to Tajikistan through Kazakhstan's satellites KazSat and space monitoring of dangerous areas on the Tajik-Afghan border.
To date, more than 80 legal bilateral documents cover almost all areas of cooperation.
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