Nursultan Nazarbayev held a meeting with Tajik President Emomali Rahmon in Astana today. The country leader of Tajikistan is on an official visit in Kazakhstan. The leaders of the states held talks in private and extended meetings and discussed a wide range of joint interests ranging from bilateral trade to security. During the bilateral meeting with Emomali Rahmon, Kazakh President noted that the ties between the two states are based on mutual trust, cooperation and friendship. Nursultan Nazarbayev awarded Emomali Rahmon the order of Parasat to mark the 25th anniversary of the diplomatic relations between the two countries.

Kazakhstan is Tajikistan’s second largest trade partners. According to last year’s results, the trade turnover between the countries made up 777 million dollars. Exports from Kazakhstan to Tajikistan grew 23 percent and import increased 45.5 percent.

NURSULTAN NAZARBAYEV, PRESIDENT OF KAZAKHSTAN:

- Today a number of important agreements was signed aimed at further strengthening of our relationship. Three agreements on migration and re-admission will improve the exchange of information which will then improve the legal mechanism and citizens' stay on the territory of our countries. Moreover, a joint statement was achieved. We summed up the results of the joint work and determined what we need to do. I want to give the floor to President Emomali Rahmon. There are no unresolved issues between our countries neither political nor economic ones. The past 25 years show a story of friendship and mutual support.

EMOMALI RAHMON, PRESIDENT OF TAJIKISTAN:

- People of Tajikistan and I personally will never forget the most difficult times for us when you supported us, provided assistance and contributed to the peace process in Tajikistan and supported us economically. In over 26 years we had established relations that rose to the level of a strategic partnership. Tajiks know you as a wise and far-sighted politician of a global scale. Several of your books have been translated into Tajik.

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