Rahmon, Medvedev discuss cooperation in Dushanbe
DUSHANBE. Oct 12 (Interfax) - Tajik President Emomali Rahmon and Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev have discussed trade, energy, and military cooperation between their countries at a meeting on the sidelines of a session of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Council of Prime Ministers in Dushanbe, the Tajik leader's press service said on Friday.
"Our country devotes special attention to the further development of integration between Tajikistan and Russia in the form of strategic partnership and alliance," Rahmon was quoted as saying.
Rakhmon and Medvedev expressed satisfaction with the high level of bilateral relations, their reliable legal framework, and the constant high-level dialogue, the press service said.
The sides also discussed cooperation in promising trade, economic, and business projects, ways to increase Tajik-Russain mutual trade, the important role of the intergovernmental commission for economic cooperation, and interaction with Russian companies in the energy sector, it said.
At their meeting, Rahmon and Medvedev discussed deliveries of Tajik agricultural products to Russia and ways to fund the construction of transport and logistics centers.
"The sides discussed ways to maintain security, military and military-technical cooperation, and joint measures to strengthen defense and border guard potential," the press service said.
They also talked about broadening of contacts in culture, science, and education, including by opening Russian schools in Tajikistan, giving young Tajiks more opportunities to study at Russian schools, and inviting teachers from Russia to teach in Russian at secondary schools in Tajikistan, it said.