Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani and his Tajik counterpart Emomali Rahmon on Monday discussed bilateral relations in various sectors, Presidential Palace stated.

Afghan and Tajik relation and cooperation are based on principle brotherhood and on being neighbors, both nations share a common culture, language, and civilization, the statement said.

The 9th session of the heart of Asia-Istanbul process conference is aimed at strengthening a regional and international consensus for the Afghan peace process.

According to Presidential Palace, President Ghani during the meeting indicated that there is no difference in interests between Afghanistan and Tajikistan, both countries want their borders to turn into a border of “cooperation, coordination, and harmony”.

Five memorandums were signed in a bid of cooperation between Afghanistan and Tajikistan.

Emomali Rahmon’s office said that the documents were signed on a program of practical actions on the basis of political, trade, security, transport, transit, energy, and cultural cooperation.

A roadmap for implementation of the agreement on cooperation between Interior ministries of both nations, cooperation in the fight against terrorism, transnational and organized crime, drug trafficking, and other various crimes in 2021-2022.

A Language and Terminology cooperation agreement between the Committee for Language and Terminology of Tajikistan and academy Sciences of Afghanistan.

Both nations signed the agreement on auditing in the public sector between the Supreme Audit Office of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and the Chamber of Accounts of Tajikistan.

Afghanistan and Tajikistan also agreed on establishment of Tajik-Afghan Business Council.

Following the signing ceremony of the agreements both nations praised their relations and cooperation.

During his visit President Ghani also met with Kokhir Rasulzoda Tajikistan prime minister, both discussed bilateral relations in various sectors, Presidential Palace stated.

Moreover, Afghanistan’s president discussed further development of relations between the two nations particularly people to people and parliament to parliament relations with Mohammad Taher Zekerzada, the Tajikistan parliament Speaker.

President Ghani also delivered a speech at Tajikistan National University and stressed on cooperation between both nations, following his speech the president was awarded an honorary doctorate.

Meanwhile, on the first day of the Heart of Asia-Istanbul Process meeting between Deputy Foreign Ministers, a need for accelerating the Afghan peace process was discussed.

According to the Tajikistan Foreign Ministry, participants discussed the draft final document of the 9th ministerial conference of the Heart of Asia-Istanbul process.

Participants also called for regional consensus to pressurize Taliban to agree on a long-term peace and end the war.

Afghan Deputy Foreign Minister Mirwais Nab urged the regional and international nations to force the Taliban for a ceasefire.

Nab indicated that international support is important for peace in Afghanistan which can create a unified vision of regional connectivity, and it is an opportunity for all of the countries in the region to find a common vision for cooperation and economic developments, he also said that representatives of the participating countries support regional peace and peace in Afghanistan.

He also indicated that the Heart of Asia-Istanbul process is important for gaining international and regional attention to the Afghan peace process.

Deputy Foreign Minister of Tajikistan Khosrow Nazeri called on the participating countries not to leave Afghanistan alone at this crucial moment.

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