Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko arrived in Dushanbe yesterday evening on an official visit.  At Dushanbe International Airport, Belarusian leader was met by Tajik Prime Minister Qohir Rasoulzoda and other high-ranking Tajik state officials.  

While in Dushanbe, Belarusian leader will hold talks with his Tajik counterpart Emomali Rahmon.  Rahmon and Lukashenko will discuss the state and prospects of further expansion of bilateral cooperation between their countries as well as further plans for expansion of trade and economic cooperation, implementation of joint projects, investment cooperation and activities in markets of the third countries.

Their meeting will be followed by the negotiations between the delegations of the two countries in the extended format, the Tajik MFA information department said.    

Belarusian president’s visit is expected to result in signing of a number of cooperation documents, including a roadmap for bilateral cooperation for 2019-2020.  The roadmap reportedly includes all main directions of bilateral cooperation between Tajikistan and Belarus: economic, humanitarian, cultural as well as military-and-technical cooperation.

Diplomatic relations between Tajikistan and Belarus were established on September 5, 1996 by the exchange of the notes.

The Embassy of Tajikistan has functioned in Minsk since 1997 and the Embassy of the Republic of Belarus has operated in Dushanbe since 2011.

The meetings of the heads of state became almost regular in the framework of activities of the regional and international organizations, which generally define the general objectives of strengthening security and stability in the CIS, promote the integration processes in the region.  Tajikistan and Belarus constructively cooperate in a regional format, in the framework of the CIS, SCO, CSTO, as well as globally, within the framework of the UN and the OSCE.