India, Tajikistan pledge to deepen ties to fight terror

14/07/2015 09:42
Asia-Plus
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DUSHANBE, July 14, 2015, Asia-Plus – Indian media outlets report that Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Monday that India and Tajikistan have resolved to intensify their cooperation 'at a time of the growing threat of terrorism'.

“Tajikistan is nearest to India among all Central Asian countries. We are separated by a narrow corridor.... Connectivity is vital for realizing the full potential of trade and commerce between our countries,” Modi said after the talks at a joint media appearance with Rahmon.  He said other connectivity measures in the region will strengthen links and mentioned Chahbahar port of Iran which is being built with Indian investments.   The Prime Minister said they also talked about measures to tap the rich potential in trade and commerce and to encourage joint ventures and investments.

“The Joint Commission will meet soon to finalize the roadmap for the future,” he added.

“We agreed to further strengthen our defense cooperation.  It is a strong pillar of our strategic partnership. We are both located in the proximity of the main source of terrorism.  Combating terrorism and extremism has always been an important and productive area of cooperation.  At a time of growing threat of terrorism, we have resolved to intensify our cooperation further,” he said.

Prime Minister Modi also said that India and Tajikistan will also continue to support the aspirations of the Afghan people for a peaceful, stable and prosperous nation.

“We will work closely in international forums, including the United Nations, where we already support each other's initiatives. I conveyed appreciation for Tajikistan's continued support for India's candidature for permanent membership of a reformed UN Security Council,” he added.

He said that India's membership of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization adds a new dimension to the partnership of the two nations.

“We are deeply grateful for the decision of the Government of Tajikistan and the authorities of Dushanbe to install a bust of Rabindranath Tagore in the city.  It highlights the cultural and spiritual links between our two nations. The popularity of Tagore's poetry in Tajikistan is mirrored in the continued admiration of Bedil's poetry in India.  This is our shared heritage, of which we can truly be proud,” he added.

The Prime Minister further stressed that he is am delighted to release today the Hindi translation of Bobojon Ghaffurov's masterwork on Tajik history that would enable a much broader understanding of Tajik culture and history in India.

“Finally, I thank President Rahmon and Tajikistan for the support in making the International Day of Yoga on June 21st a huge global success.  I wish to thank President Rahmon once again for the warmth of his welcome, which reflects the love and affection that the people of Tajikistan have for the people of India.  This is a sentiment shared fully by the people of India,” he added.

The Prime Minister also extended an invitation to President Rahmon to visit India at an early date and said that he looks forward to receiving him in Delhi. 

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