DUSHANBE, Sept. 15 (Xinhua) -- Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao and Tajikistan
Prime Minister Akil Akilov agreed on Friday that the two countries will enhance
bilateral cooperation on trade and other areas.
In their meeting on Friday, the first of its kind, the leaders exchanged
views and reached wide-range consensus on how to strengthen the good-neighborly
and friendly relations between the two countries and on how to deepen
cooperation in various fields.
Wen said China and Tajikistan have enjoyed high-level mutual political
trust, completely resolved the border issue, given support to each other on
major issues related to independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity, and
maintained close cooperation on international and regional for a such as the
United Nations and the Shanghai Cooperation Organization.
Akilov said that China is a good neighbor and partner of Tajikistan and
that the two sides show mutual respect and high-level trust.
The establishment of diplomatic ties with China is one of the major
achievements Tajikistan has made since independence, Akilov said. He added that
it is a priority of Tajikistan's foreign policy to maintain and consolidate
relations with China.
The two leaders agreed to negotiate and sign as early as possible
China-Tajikistan good-neighborliness, friendship and cooperation treaty, which
will lay a solid legal foundation for the development of a long-term and stable
relationship between the two countries.
In their talks, Wen and Akilov also agreed to take measures to increase
bilateral trade, promote cooperation in mine resources and infrastructure
development, implement projects the two sides have agreed upon and create
favorable conditions for companies to do business.
They also agreed to increase people-to-people contact, promote exchange
programs for children and conduct joint operations against drug smugglers and
the "three evil forces" including the "East Turkistan" separatists.
Akilov reaffirmed Tajikistan's one China policy and its support to China's
cause of national reunification.
After their meeting, the two sides signed documents for cooperation in
economy, health, media and combat against drug-related crimes.