The newly-appointed Ambassador of the State of Qatar to the Republic of Tajikistan, Ibrahim Mohammed Abdulrahman Al Abdullah, yesterday presented copies of his credentials to Tajik Foreign Minister Sirojiddin Muhriddin, according to the Tajik MFA information department.  

In the course of the talks, the two reported discussed state and prospects of further expansion of bilateral cooperation between Tajikistan and Qatar.

They, in particular, discussed cooperation between the two countries in transportation, trade and humanitarian spheres.

They also exchanged views on cooperation between Tajikistan and Qatar within regional and international organizations, says the Tajik MFA information department.    

Ibrahim Mohammed Abdulrahman Al Abdullah replaced Ali bin Mubarak Al Mohannadi, who had served as Qatari Ambassador to Tajikistan since September 2013.   

Diplomatic relations between the Republic of Tajikistan and the State of Qatar were established on December 13, 1994, and the Embassy of the State of Qatar started functioning in Tajikistan in November 2012.  In July 2013, the State of Qatar appointed its Ambassador to the Republic of Tajikistan.  Tajikistan opened its Embassy in the State of Qatar in December 2012.  In May 2013, the Ambassador of the Republic of Tajikistan to the State of Qatar was appointed.

However, currently there are few substantive projects linking Tajikistan and Qatar. One is the Qatari Diar real estate company’s luxury residence complex the “Diar Dushanbe” and the nearly-completed monumental mosque in the Tajik capital.  The mosque aims to be the largest in Central Asia.

During his visit to Doha in February 2017, Tajik President Emomali Rahmon and his team presented their Qatari counterparts with a laundry list of potential investment and spheres of cooperation: from hydropower and water to transportation, agriculture, light industry, mining, and scientific exchanges.  The president also highlighted the country’s four free trade zones as open for Qatari business, and pushed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the Qatar Stock Exchange and Tajikistan’s Central Asia Stock Exchange, established in April 2015.