Kabul (BNA) The President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan Mohammad Ashraf Ghani met with his Tajik counterpart, Imam Ali Rahman, stressed the need to further expansion of cooperation in various fields between the two countries, the Presidential Palace said Monday. Warmly welcomed in Dushanbe, the capital of Tajikistan, both leaders met at the Millat Palace of the Presidential Palace of the hosting country, during an official ceremony where, the national anthems of the two count- ries were played, the palace said in a statement.
In a bilateral meeting, the two countries leaders discussed the expansion of relations and cooperation between the two countries’ in various fields. During the meeting, the President of Tajikistan welcomed President Ghani and his accompanying delegation to their second home in Tajikistan, adding that he was pleased to meet the Afghan leader during the ancient Nawruz festival, the statement said.
According to the statement, Imam Ali Rahman said that cooperation and relations between the two countries, which have a common language, culture and civilization, are based on the principle of brotherhood and good neighborliness.
Deeply thanking the Tajik President for his hospitality, the country’s president Mohammad Ashraf Ghani said that coming to Tajikistan is always a renewal of a thousand-year-old relationship and a broad vision of cooperation, the statement added.
He added that Tajikistan plays a key role in Afghanistan’s five foreign policy circles in three areas, such as its neighbor, the Islamic country and a key country in the changing Asia.
The country’s president noted that Afghanistan and Tajikistan do not have any fundamental differences and we want the border between the two countries to become a border of cooperation, coordination and empathy, the statement quoted. President Ghani also emphasized the need for development of trade and transit relations and cooperation in the fields of security, culture, energy, strengthening the coasts between the two countries, and said: “We welcome your [pointing to the Tajik leader] position for a dignified and lasting peace in Afghanistan within the framework of the republic.