On May 18, 2019, in the city residence of the Government of the Republic of Tajikistan, the Founder of Peace and National Unity, Leader of the Nation, President of the Republic of Tajikistan Emomali Rahmon on the sidelines of the seventh Foreign Ministers' Meeting of the “Central Asia plus Japan” Dialogue received the Foreign Minister of Japan Taro Kono, who is in Tajikistan on an official visit.
The discussion focused on various aspects of bilateral relations between Tajikistan and Japan.
President Emomali Rahmon welcomed Taro Kono in Tajikistan and emphasized that “We have been shown keen interest in deepening the relationship with Japan and are willing to further expansion of bilateral mutually beneficial cooperation at all levels,".
The two sides expressed their satisfaction with the level of cooperation, the regular exchange of high-level visits and reciprocal official visits by heads of states and exchanged their views on finding a more effective way to enhance cooperation in trade, economy, agriculture, energy, transportation, education, science, culture, sports and tourism.
The discussion also covered cooperation within the framework of the “Central Asia plus Japan” Dialogue, Japan International Cooperation Agency and other promising projects.
The need for establishing business incubation center, Japanese investment fund, attracting Japanese direct investment in the economy of Tajikistan and intensifying the work of the intergovernmental Commission on Economic, Scientific and Technical Cooperation was underlined.
Supplying the Japanese market with environmentally healthy fruits and vegetables from Tajikistan, developing cooperation in the mining industry, pharmaceuticals and establishing cotton-processing enterprises have been deemed as areas of mutually advantageous cooperation.
During the discussion of security issues, the current political situation in the neighboring Afghanistan and the necessity of a joint fight against the challenges and threats of the contemporary world were particularly emphasized.