Iranian deputy foreign minister expected to visit Tajikistan

22/01/2016 10:16
Asia-Plus
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DUSHANBE, January 22, 2016, Asia-Plus – Radio Liberty’s Tajik Service, known locally as Ozodi, reports that Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Asia and Pacific Affairs Ebrahim Rahimpour will pay visit to Tajikistan in the near future.

The Tajik MFA information department has confirmed this information, noting that Ebrahim Rahimpour will hold talks with Tajik Foreign Minister Sirojiddin Aslov to discuss bilateral cooperation between Tajikistan and the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Meanwhile, Iranian media outlets report that Ebrahim Rahimpour will also visit Russia, Turkmenistan and India.

Relations between Tajikistan and the Islamic Republic of Iran took a nosedive in late December.

We will recall that Tajikistan summoned Iranian Ambassador to Tajikistan Hojjatollah Faghani on December 29 to express “regret” over Iran's decision to invite the leader of the banned IRPT to attend the International Islamic Unity Conference that took place in Tehran on December 27-28, 2015.

Tajikistan's MFA said in a statement that it was “greatly concerned” that “the head of the extremist and terrorist former IRPT, Muhiddin Kabiri, who faces charges of attempting to overthrow the government … has been invited to the conference.”

“Tajikistan’s MFA considers such actions of organizers of this conference to be unacceptable and categorically states that such an attitude to enemies of the state and the people of Tajikistan can negatively affected good relations between Tajikistan and Iran,” the Tajik MFA statement said.

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