Tajikistan President arrives in India after visiting Sri Lanka

DELHI: Emomali Rahmon, the President of Republic of Tajikistan has arrived on a state visit to India in the southern coastal city of Kochi in the state of Kerala on Wednesday evening.

Rahmon and the delegation accompanying him will leave for New Delhi on December 16.

Rahmon was received by Ernakulam District Collector Mohammed Y Safirulla and officials of the state government.

Rahmon’s official engagements will start from December 17 in New Delhi, where he will meet the Indian President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The leaders of the two countries are expected to discuss bilateral political, economic, defence, counter-terrorism, science, technology and cultural relations.

Prior to arriving in India, Rahmon was in Sri Lanka on a state visit where he met Sri Lankan President Maitripala Sirisena.

Rahmon said Tajikistan was keen to learn from Sri Lanka in areas of youth development, tourism, gem industry, and apparel industry.

President Sirisena welcomed Rahmon and the official delegation and emphasized the need to increase cooperation in trade, regional security and drug trafficking between the two countries.

He invited Tajikistani entrepreneurs and public sector to explore the potential to investment in Sri Lanka.

Tajikistan and Sri Lanka signed four bilateral agreements to increase cooperation between the two countries especially in national security, drugs control, tourism, hydro power and trade.