Tehran (ISNA) – Referring to the potential for developing political, economic and cultural relations between Iran and Tajikistan, Iranian President said, “During the recent visit to Tajikistan, a new chapter in bilateral relations began that we should use this opportunity in the interests of the two nations.”
Speaking in a meeting with the Foreign Minister of Tajikistan Sirojiddin Muhriddin on Tuesday night, Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi stated that the two countries and nations have deep historical, religious and cultural commonalities, adding, “We should use these potentials for the development and strengthening of closer relations and cooperation”.
The President further stressed the importance of cooperation between neighbouring countries, especially Iran and Tajikistan, to establish peace and stability in Afghanistan, and said, “We seek the formation of an inclusive government, consisting of all ethnic and political groups in Afghanistan”.
President Raisi stated, “There should be an inclusive government in Afghanistan that can ensure the security of Afghanistan and end war, bloodshed and fratricide”.
Mr. Raisi said, “Terrorist incidents in Afghanistan hurt the heart of every human being and there is no doubt that the Americans are involved in such incidents and do not want the Afghan people to achieve peace and security”.
The President expressed hope that the meeting of the Foreign Ministers of Afghanistan’s neighbouring countries could lead to coordination and joint dialogue in the formation of an inclusive government in Afghanistan.
At the same meeting, Tajik Foreign Minister Sirojiddin Muhriddin described Ayatollah Raisi’s visit to his country as the beginning of a new chapter in relations between the two countries and said, “We are determined to increase the level of relations and cooperation with Tehran as much as possible and implement the agreements reached”.
“Tajikistan believes that Iran’s permanent membership in the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation has many benefits and contributes to peace and stability in the region,” the Tajik Foreign Minister said.
Referring to Tajikistan’s concerns about the situation in Afghanistan, Muhriddin said that a government should be established in Afghanistan that respects all ethnic groups and people of Afghanistan.
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