Through the talks in the private session, the sides discussed issues of bilateral cooperation and prospects for their further development.
Nursultan Nazarbayev emphasized the trusting nature of relations between the two countries and noted the special role of Emomali Rahmon in strengthening the friendship between the nations of Kazakhstan and Tajikistan.
- Overall these years, thanks to your leadership, we have built relations of great trust, cooperation and friendship. We have never had unresolved problems. We have always supported each other, including on the international scale, the Head of State said.
The President of Kazakhstan noted that at present a new stage of cooperation between the two countries is coming and expressed readiness to discuss topical issues of interstate relations.
- We are ready to discuss with you any questions and solve problems. Moreover, the leaders of our neighbouring countries are arriving. Tomorrow we will have the opportunity to meet again. I know that this year you are going to have a conference on water resources management. Kazakhstan supports this initiative, Nursultan Nazarbayev said.
During the meeting, the Head of State awarded the President of Tajikistan the Order of Parasat.
In turn, E. Rahmon thanked Kazakhstan’s President for the invitation and the high award he had received.
- With every visit to Kazakhstan, I see how quickly the image of its capital city Astana is changing. These achievements, firstly, are the fruits of your wise and far-sighted policy, the President of Tajikistan said.
E. Rahmon stressed the dynamic pace of development of trade and economic relations between the two countries, expressing interest in their further deepening.
- Kazakhstan ranks second among Tajikistan's leading economic partners in terms of trade turnover. We are interested in developing comprehensive and strategic relations between our countries, the President of Tajikistan said.