People in Tajikistan are going to the polls in parliamentary elections, to pick 63 lawmakers from candidates of seven political parties, who are competing for the lower house of legislature.
Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Ali Shamkhani highlighted the importance of closer relations with Tajikistan and said the Islamic Republic sees no limit on developing cooperation with the Central Asian country.
Iran and Tajikistan have agreed to use local currencies for bilateral trade as they seek to increase economic and energy cooperation despite American sanctions imposed on Tehran.
Tajik authorities say they have foiled an armed attack against a checkpoint on the border with Uzbekistan, killing 15 attackers.
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif highlighted the country’s “active diplomacy” and said President Hassan Rouhani had “excellent meetings” with his Tajik and Turkish counterparts as well as the Emir of Qatar and other leaders during visits to Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan.
President Hassan Rouhani on Thursday started a tour of Central Asia that takes him to Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan for the SCO and CICA summits.
President Hassan Rouhani is to set off on a visit to Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan this week to attend important summits and hold talks with senior officials of the two countries.
President Hassan Rouhani says the development of the southern strategic port city of Chabahar will play a very important role in the transit of goods in the region, adding that Iran can be "the safest and best" route for goods imported to and exported from Tajikistan.
Tajikistan says convicted Daesh terrorists have started a riot at a high-security facility in the Central Asian state, leaving 32 people dead.
Russia’s top intelligence official has warned that thousands of militants belonging to a Daesh affiliate and with battle experience in Syria have converged in areas in northern Afghanistan bordering post-Soviet Central Asian republics.