Tajikistan Foreign Minister Aslov

Step up Investment: Tajikistan Urges India

Days after Prime Minister Narendra Modi conveyed India's readiness to join the Pakistan-Afghanistan-Tajikistan trade and transit agreement to Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani, Tajikistan welcomed India's interest in becoming the fourth partner.

Tajikistan Foreign Minister Aslov Sirojidin Muhridinovich said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to the landlocked Central Asian country will lend ‘new impetus’ to the bilateral ties.

"We are very happy that Ashraf Ghani discussed this with the authorities in India during his visit here, the implementation or signing of this trade agreement. We have the draft of this trade agreement ready, but unfortunately we did not sign. However, in all of these levels, the agreements were discussed and considered, and there is some small issue on the trade agreement between Pakistan and Afghanistan. And, we hope soon they will find the decision and then this trade will work fully for the three countries and we will be very happy if India also in future will be part of this trade agreement, which will make trade cooperation easy among the three countries and India," Tajikistan Foreign Minister Aslov Sirojidin Muhridinovich remarked.

While delivering the 17th Sapru House Lecture at the Indian Council of World Affairs in New Delhi, Tajikistan foreign minister said: "Our diplomatic relations began in 1992, and India and Tajikistan have signed 59 bilateral documents in various areas so far. We believe that Modi's visit to our country will lend new impetus and enhance our bilateral relationships, and will make India's presence in Tajikistan more active."

Pointing out that Indian investment in Tajikistan is ‘not as much as it should be,’ Tajikistan foreign minister hoped that India would seize the opportunity to invest in his country.

The visiting dignitary further noted the interest of India and Tajikistan to ensure stability in Afghanistan, as any instability there can influence the entire neighbourhood.

"Tajikistan by virtue of its geography is an intersection of various geo-political interests. We appreciate India's role in maintaining security in the Central Asian region,” he added.

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