On the last leg of his eight-day tour to Central Asia and Russia, Prime Minister Narendra Modi strongly emphasised on strengthening the ties with Tajikistan and to take it to newer heights in diverse areas. PM Modi, who landed in the Tajik capital city of Dushanbe from Kyrgyzstan Sunday night, was accorded a ceremonial reception before getting into talks on a wide range of issues with the Tajik leadership.
“I seek to take India’s ties with Tajikistan to newer heights through this visit & expand the scale of cooperation,” the Prime Minister wrote on the micro-blogging site Twitter.
“Landed in Tajikistan. My gratitude to PM Qohir Rasulzoda for the wonderful welcome,” PM Modi tweeted further.
PM Narendra Modi is slated to hold detailed discussions with President Emomali Rahmon on regional, bilateral and international issues of mutual interest on Monday.
Relations with Tajikistan are of strategic significance to India as it shares nearly 1,500 kilometres border with Afghanistan. India is looking forward to having extensive discussions on the regional issues, particularly in the context of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) which is a regional security grouping concerned with issues like terrorism and drug trafficking.
Tajikistan is the final stop for PM Modi who has already visited Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan in Central Asia besides attending the SCO and BRICS summits in Russia.
The highlight of eight-day tour has been Prime Minister Modi’s meeting with his Pakistan counterpart Nawaz Sharif on the sidelines of SCO summit in Ufa, Russia. The two leaders had a detailed discussion, with the issue of terror dominating the delegation-level talks on Friday. Pledging to eliminate terrorism from South Asia, PM Modi and Pakistani PM Nawaz Sharif had also agreed to find ways to speed up the trial of the 26/11 Mumbai attack case.
It was the first bilateral talks between the two leaders after nearly an year.
PM Modi and PM Sharif had held their last bilateral meet in May last year when the Pakistan Prime Minister came to New Delhi to attend swearing-in ceremony of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. But the relations between the two countries soon suffered a chill after India lodged a protest with Islamabad on the issue of Pakistan High Commissioner meeting the Kashmiri separatist leaders ahead of the Foreign Secretary level talks. The talks were subsequently cancelled.
Following the episode, the two leaders had met during the SAARC summit in Kathmandu in November last year but had merely exchanged pleasantries.
Prime Minister Modi is all set to return home after his Tajikistan visit.
(With the inputs from the PTI)