Japan-Tajikistan Relations

May 19, 2019
Foreign Ministers shaking hands
Japan-Tajikistan Foreign Ministers’ Meeting
Japan-Tajikistan Foreign Ministers’ Meeting
On May 19, commencing at 10:10 a.m. (local time; same day, 2:10 p.m. JST) for approximately 70 minutes, Mr. Taro Kono, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, held a meeting with H.E. Mr. Sirodjidin MUHRIDDIN, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Tajikistan during his visit to Tajikistan. The overview of the meeting is as follows.

1. Opening Remarks

(1) Minister Kono stated that Japan-Tajikistan relations have further deepened following Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s visit to Tajikistan in 2015 and H. E. President Emomali Rahmon’s visit to Japan in 2018. Moreover, he expressed his gratitude for the efforts made by Tajikistan as the chair country of the “Central Asia plus Japan” Dialogue. Furthermore, he showed his hope to make this Foreign Ministers’ meeting an opportunity to further enhance the regional cooperation in Central Asia and to further develop Japan-Tajikistan relations.

(2) Minister Muhriddin welcomed Minister Kono’s first visit to Tajikistan and expressed his hope that this visit would open a new page in the bilateral cooperation. 

2. Bilateral Relations

(1) Minister Kono stated that the stability of Tajikistan, which shares a long border with Afghanistan, is essential for the stability of Central Asia, and that Japan would continue to cooperate in the realms of human resources development and infrastructure development necessary for nation-building in Tajikistan.

(2) Minister Muhriddin expressed his appreciation for Japan’s support in Tajikistan’s nation-building over many years, and expressed his expectation towards cooperation in economic, social, cultural, and various other areas.

(3) The two ministers shared the view that they will continue to cooperate towards an early conclusion of the Japan-Tajikistan bilateral investment treaty.

3. Others

The meeting was followed by the signing of exchanges of notes on two projects (approximately 1.7 billion yen in total) for the provision of snowplows, other road equipment and ambulances

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