Tajik President Emomali Rahmon yesterday met here with visiting Kazakh Prime Minister Askar Mamin, who arrived in Dushanbe Thursday on a two-day official visit.  

According to the Tajik president’s official website, Emomali Rahmon noted that high-level meetings promote further expansion of bilateral cooperation between the two countries.

Kazakh Prime Minister reportedly expressed gratitude to the Tajik leader for warm welcome and assessed the results of his official trip to Tajikistan as successful.  

The two sides expressed satisfaction with a growing bilateral trade between their countries and underlined the importance of full use of existing opportunities to promote the further development of the two-way trade between Tajikistan and Kazakhstan.  

In the course of the talks, Rahmon and Mamin, in particular, discussed issues related to attraction of direct investments in Tajikistan’s economy, development of activities of the Working Council and efficient use of bilateral meetings and negotiations for implementation of the intended plans, said the Tajik president’s website.   

Rahmon outlined sectors like agriculture, light industry, energy, transportation, communications, and minerals, as areas of which could drive the bilateral trade between the two countries.  He especially invited Kazakh investments in hydropower and mining.

They also discussed constructive ideas regarding use of Kazakhstan’s highways, railways and sea ports for carrying Tajik goods to the third country and establishment of joint ventures on manufacturing wheat flour and bakery products in Tajikistan

Rahmon and Mamin also exchanged views on a number of regional and international issues being of mutual interest.  

Diplomatic relations between the Republic of Tajikistan and the Republic of Kazakhstan were established on January 7, 1993.  

Relations between the two countries are developing on the basis of the Agreement on Strategic Partnership that was signed in Dushanbe on September 14, 2015.

Legal foundation of relations between Tajikistan and Kazakhstan includes more than 80 documents.  

Deepening and expansion of bilateral relations between the two countries are promoted by the activities of the Tajik-Kazakh Intergovernmental Commission (IGC) on Trade and Economic Cooperation.

The main products exported by Tajikistan to Kazakhstan vegetables, fruits, ores and concentrates of lead, zinc, and copper.  Tajikistan’s imports from Kazakhstan include grain, flour, sunflower oil, building materials, paints and petroleum products.