President Patil arrives in Tajikistan on state visit
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Last Updated: Sunday, September 06, 2009, 20:28
Dushanbe (Tajikistan): President Pratibha Patil arrived here on Sunday on a state visit during which she will hold talks with the Tajik leadership on a wide range of issues including efforts to tackle terrorism and participate in the country's Independence Day celebrations.

Tajikistan Prime Minister Akil Akilov received Patil who was given a ceremonial welcome on her arrival here.

Patil, who is the first Indian President to visit this Central Asian country, will meet with her Tajik counterpart Emomali Rakhmon, the Prime Minister and the speaker of the lower chamber of the parliament Sadullo Khairullayev.

The President would be exchanging views with the Tajik leadership on important issues of bilateral relationships as well as on the developments in the region and in the world, aimed at consolidating the ties in political, economic and other spheres.

No bilateral documents are expected to be signed during the visit.

India and Tajikistan share close defence and security relations and have been together in the fight against the Taliban in Afghanistan.

The President would also be participating in the Independence Day celebrations of Tajikistan, a rare honour accorded to a foreign dignitary, on Tuesday.

India believes that a concerted efforts between the two nations against terrorism and extremism would contribute greatly to peace and stability in the region.

At the political level, both countries maintain an excellent rapport and there has been regular exchange of visits at the highest levels.

A business delegation accompanying the President is expected to infuse new vigour into trade and investment links between the two countries.

The President's two nation trip also took her to Russia where she met with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin reviewing the bilateral ties between the two countries.

Bureau Report

First Published: Sunday, September 06, 2009, 20:28

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