Interstate deal opens road traffic relations between Tajikistan and Italy - ministry

Tajikistan Materials 30 May 2024 07:40 (UTC +04:00)
Alyona Pavlenko
Alyona Pavlenko
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BAKU, Azerbaijan, May 30. An intergovernmental agreement signed between the Government of Italy and the Government of Tajikistan will allow the commencement of traffic relations between the two countries by road, a source at the Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport of Italy told Trend.

"Once ratified by the two governments, it will enable the commencement of traffic relations between the two countries, both for the transport of goods and for the transport of people. To this end, it will be necessary to initiate the exchange of bilateral authorizations between the two countries through a special meeting of the joint commission provided for by Article 17 of the agreement," the source said.

The ministry noted that bilateral authorizations are indispensable documents that must be kept on board the vehicles to allow the entry into Italy of Tajik vehicles and, vice versa, the entry into Tajikistan of Italian vehicles, thus enabling the transport of goods and people between the two countries.

Moreover, the source at the ministry added that the opening of direct flights between the two countries is possible, based on the signing of a bilateral agreement on air services (the Air Services Agreement, or ASA), and a specific technical understanding (generally a memorandum of understanding), both negotiated by the aeronautical authorities of Tajikistan and Italy.

The ministry said that it would like to receive a proposal for negotiation from the aeronautical authority of Tajikistan, either directly or through diplomatic channels.

On April 24, 2024, during the official visit of President of Tajikistan Emomali Rahmon to Italy, an agreement on "international passenger and cargo transportation" was signed between the governments of the two countries. This signed document aims to expand the geography of international road transportation for Tajikistan. It corresponds with Tajikistan's goal to overcome communication bottlenecks and transform into a transit country.