Tajikistan and Qatar agree to strengthen bilateral cooperation

DOHA: President of Republic of Tajikistan Emomali Rahmon met Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani to enhance bilateral cooperation between their respective countries yesterday.

The two leaders reviewed the bilateral relations between the two countries and means of boosting and strengthening them, particularly in the fields of trade and investment.

The meeting also discussed the latest regional and international issues and exchanged views on topics of common concern.

“Qatar is one of our main global partners and we are interested in cementing economic ties at all levels. This meeting is a significant factor for enhancing multi-faceted cooperation between Tajikistan and Qatar,” said Rahmon.

After the session, the Emir and the Tajik president witnessed the signing of  a number of agreements and memoranda of understanding.

A cooperation agreement in the fields of security and culture were signed, as well as a memorandum of understanding on sports cooperation between the Qatar and Tajikistan Olympic Committee; a memorandum of understanding between Qatar Central Bank and National bank of Tajikistan; a cooperation agreement in the legal field between both ministries of justice; a cooperation agreement in education, higher education and scientific research; air transport agreement and cooperation agreement on health.

Deputy Emir of Qatar Sheikh Abdullah bin Hamad Al Thani attended the signing of the agreements and memoranda of understanding.

The signing was also attended by the Prime Minister and Interior Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani and several ministers.

An official welcome ceremony was held for the Tajik President upon his arrival at the Emiri Diwan. Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani also hosted a luncheon banquet at the Emiri Diwan in honour of the visiting President and his delegation.

The Tajik president has implemented a series of economic reforms and policies to lure Qatari investment in the fields of hydropower, banking and finance, tourism, mining, and agriculture.