DUSHANBE, March 3. /TASS/. Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin has discussed with Tajik Prime Minister Kokhir Rasulzoda topical issues of the countries’ bilateral cooperation, noting that Tajikistan is Russia’s strategic partner in Central Asia.
"Tajikistan is a strategic partner of Russia, an ally in Central Asia. <...> Pursuant to the agreements that have been reached between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Tajik President Emomali Rahmon, the governments are working actively to implement all economic plans to develop trade and economic cooperation," Mishustin said during the Russian-Tajikistani talks.
According to him, the implementation of documents on cooperation signed following the Russian-Tajikistani talks will boost joint work. Among the documents that have been prepared for signing Mishustin listed agreements on cooperation in tax and customs administration, healthcare and other areas.
The Russian prime minster said the countries’ cultural and humanitarian ties were developing successfully. He added that this was his first visit to Tajikistan as prime minister, and thanked President Emomali Rahmon "for the excellent organization of all the events". "We have an ambitious agenda. I suggest discussing topical issues of cooperation," Mishustin said.
For his part, Tajik Prime Minister Kokhir Rasulzoda emphasised the high level of trust and constant mutual support between the countries, with Russia remaining one of the main foreign economic partners for the republic. According to him, the Russian prime minister’s visit to Dushanbe is a good opportunity to discuss in detail the development of bilateral relations.
"Clearly, out trade and economic relations have huge potential, and we are ready to work closely with our Russian counterparts," President Rasulzoda said. He also congratulated the head of the Russian government on his birthday, wishing him good health, happiness and success in his work.