19 May 202112:11

Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s remarks at a joint news conference following talks with Foreign Minister of the Republic of Tajikistan Sirojiddin Muhriddin, Dushanbe, May 19, 2021


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Ladies and gentlemen,

We held very good, substantive talks. I would like to express gratitude to our Tajik friends for their hospitality and excellent organisation of our work and the upcoming meeting of the CSTO Council of Foreign Ministers.

During our bilateral talks today, we focused on the issues which the presidents of Russia and Tajikistan discussed during Emomali Rahmon’s visit to Moscow on May 8-9. We reaffirmed that the essence of our relations at the current stage fully corresponds to the spirit of our strategic partnership and cooperation. We had an in-depth discussion on all bilateral issues on our agenda, highlighting the CSTO and SCO summits scheduled to be held this year. Tajikistan holds the rotating chairmanship of these organisations in 2021. We are helping to ensure the success of this important mission.

Russia remains the leading trade and investment partner of Tajikistan. We pointed out that our bilateral trade had decreased only slightly despite the negative consequences of the coronavirus. It is already recovering and even growing. The implementation of the measures outlined during the February 8-9 meeting of the Intergovernmental Commission will enable us to strengthen this positive trend.

We noted the dynamic dialogue we maintain at the level of our foreign ministries. Its further development will be promoted by the programme of cooperation the ministries have recently signed for 2021.

We have a positive view on our interaction in the sphere of migration. On April 19-20 of this year, we held comprehensive talks on all aspects of the migration issue. This will help us to complete the improvement of the legal framework and organise our efforts in this sphere as soon as possible. Our Tajik friends have promised to take additional measures to explain the importance of complying with Russian law to the Tajik migrants in Russia so as to prevent the incidents we are having to deal with today.

Our cultural and humanitarian ties are improving. We have called for their all-round development. During the 17th meeting of the Russian-Tajik Intergovernmental Commission, it was decided to establish a working group on culture at the commission and to hold its first meeting. I see this as a major step towards the further development of our cooperation.

We are implementing a number of education projects. As of now, 50 Russian teachers from 18 Russian regions are working in Tajikistan to share their experience with local Russian language professionals. We are implementing a project to build five schools where education will be adjusted to Russian standards.  We hope that the ground-breaking ceremony for them will be held as early as next month and the schools will open on September 1, 2022.

We would like to resume the frequency and number of regular flights as soon as possible, including to help Tajik students – there are about 20,000 of them – resume their studies at Russian universities.

We also discussed our joint efforts against the coronavirus infection, including the free delivery of the Sputnik V vaccine to Tajikistan, as agreed by our presidents in Moscow on May 8, 2021.


To be continued...


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