Celebrations to mark the 20th anniversary of Tajikistan's Independence have begun in Dushanbe, Asia-Plus reported.
A ceremonial meeting with participation of the head of state, members of the government and the parliament is currently going at the Kokhi Borbad State Complex.
Senior representatives from diplomatic missions and international organizations active in the country have also been invited to attend the meeting.
The main celebrations dedicated to Tajikistan's Independence Day will take place in the Tajik capital tomorrow.
The history of the Tajiks extends well over a 1000 year into the past, though there was never a formal state called Tajikistan until 9 September 1991. Having gained its independence in 1991, Tajikistan experienced a five-year civil war and several changes in government in 1992-1997. Signing of a peace agreement put an end to the fighting. Since that time, Tajikistan has come a long way in consolidating peace and stability. The process of its implementation has opened a new page in the development of the country. Tajikistan has demonstrated a firm commitment to stability and has made substantial progress in peace building. In 1999 Tajiks marked the 1100 anniversary of Samanid Empire, which became a symbol of cohesion for public and political forces. Ten years ago, in September 2001, Tajikistan marked 10 years of independence with celebrations, concerts, national conferences, and speeches from political leaders in Dushanbe and throughout the country.