Tagore Stands Tall in Dushanbe

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Dushanbe: On the last leg of his eight day six nation tour, Prime Minister Narendra Modi was on Monday accorded a ceremonial welcome in Tajikistan, where he arrived last night on the last leg of his Central Asian tour.

Modi, who flew into the Tajik capital from Kyrgyzstan last night, was accorded a ceremonial reception before getting into talks on a wide range of issues with the Tajik leadership.

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The Prime Minister on Monday held restricted talks with Tajik President Emomali Rahmon in Dushanbe. The detailed discussions were expected to deal with regional, bilateral and international issues of mutual interest.

Extensive discussions are to be held on the regional issues, particularly in the context of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) which is a regional security grouping concerned with issues like terrorism and drug trafficking.

For India, the Prime Minister’s visit to Tajikistan is strategic in both political and economic terms. Tajikistan has almost 1,500 kilometres border with Afghanistan. So, the impact of what happens in Afghanistan concerns this area, concerns India, officials said.

During his visit Modi will unveil a statue of poet Rabindranath Tagore in Dushanbe. He will also gift medicines to the India-Tajikistan Friendship Hospital.

The last Prime Ministerial visit to Tajikistan was by former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee in November 2003.

Tajikistan is the final stop for Modi who has already visited Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan in Central Asia besides attending the SCO and BRICS summits in Russia.

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