he bilateral cooperation was touted in a joint statement issued following a meeting between Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Tajikistan President Emomali Rahmon in Dushanbe.
«Based on the achievements made in the talks, I will make efforts to further develop the friendly and cooperative relations between the two countries,» Abe, who visited Tajikistan as the first Japanese prime minister, told a joint press conference after the talks.
The two leaders also agreed on bilateral efforts to strengthen border control to prevent narcotics and weapons from flowing into Tajikistan from neighboring Afghanistan, noting that the stability of Tajikistan and other central Asian countries is crucial for global society, the statement said.
Japan and Tajikistan also hope the framework will help prevent money laundering in an effort to counter terrorism, it also said.
Regarding agricultural assistance, Japan will help Tajikistan combat the damage to crops from locust plagues by working with the Food and Agriculture Organization on research to eradicate the insects.
For infrastructure development, Japan will offer for a project to rehabilitate water supply systems in the Pyanj district of the Khatlon region of Tajikistan to provide more drinking water and stem diseases spread by contaminated water.
The statement also noted the necessity for countries to act in accordance with the rule of law to secure peace and stability, without singling out specific nations.