Tajik President to visit Moscow on Feb. 24
Russia, Moscow, Feb. 23 / Trend R. Agayev /
Tajik President Emomali Rahmon will pay working visit to Moscow on the invitation of Russia's President Dmitry Medvedev on Feb. 24, Press-service and information department of the Russian Federation's President told Trend .
The visit will be continuation of regular, active Russian-Tajik political dialogue at the high level, the Kremlin's press-service said. Totally, six meetings of Presidents (given multilateral forums) were held in 2008 as a part of the dialogue. The official visit of Russia's President to Dushanbe in August 2008 had great importance.
In 2008 turnover between the Russian Federation and Tajikistan increased 30 percent compared to 2007 and exceeded $1 billion.
During the upcoming meeting, Presidents intend to discuss position and development prospects of principal issues of the Russian-Tajik relations, to determine certain actions on further acceleration of mutually beneficial cooperation in political, economic and humanitarian spheres.
The interaction in hydroelectric sphere has important place in the agenda. The implementation of the project of Sangtuda hydroelectric power station -1 construction was an obvious example. The hydroelectric power station will be completely put into operation in March 2009.
Amount of Russian investments in the project totaled $700 million.
Negotiations continue on Russia's participation in other prospective hydroelectric projects in Tajikistan, to develop interaction in oil and gas and mining industries.
Special attention is traditionally paid to the cooperation in labor migration.
The Russian-Tajik interaction is successfully developed in educational, scientific, cultural and information spheres. The branch of the Moscow State University named after M. V. Lomonosov will be opened in Dushanbe in the nearest future. The talks are being held about opening of branches of other leading Russian institutes in Tajikistan.
Principal issues of the Russian-Tajik military cooperation, including functioning of Russian military base in Tajikistan are expected to be discussed during the meeting.
The international issues include implementation of decisions of the Collective Security Treaty Organization's and Eurasian Economic Community's summits held in Moscow on Feb. 4, regional cooperation, situation around Afghanistan, interaction on neutralization of challenges and threats from the international terrorism, transnational organized criminality, suppression of illegal turnover of drug.