India, Tajikistan opposed all forms of terrorism, says President Mukherjee
The people of the nation as secular and pluralistic societies, desire to live in peace, says Mukherjee
President Pranab Mukherjee has said that both India and Tajikistan desire to strengthen defence and security co-operation in order to effectively address concerns, and denounced terrorism in all its forms and manifestations.
In his banquet speech hosted in honour of Tajakistan President Emomali Rahmon, President Mukherjee said, "The world – and particularly our region, is, today, faced by the growing threat of terrorism. Both India and Tajikistan are opposed to this menace in all its forms and manifestations.”
The President also asserted that development and progress is India’s utmost importance. "The people of the nation as secular and pluralistic societies, desire to live in peace."
“For us, development and progress of our nations is of utmost importance. We are also committed to assist our mutual friend and neighbour, Afghanistan, to realise the goals and aspirations of its people – through an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace process,” Mukherjee added.
Welcoming the President of Tajikistan to India, the President said his visit to the nation is on the eve of the 25th anniversary of India-Tajikistan diplomatic relations.
“It bears testimony to the abiding friendship between the two nations and the value that we attach to our bilateral relations. India was among first countries to recognise emergence of Tajikistan on dissolution of the former Soviet Union. Over the last 24 years, we have had a fruitful co-operation,” he added.
India recognizes the Tajikitan President’s role in ensuring peace and stability in Tajikistan which has a similar salutary effect in the region, President Mukherjee said.
“India is grateful for Tajikistan’s support for her rightful claim to a permanent seat in the UN Security Council and its membership of the Shanghai Co-operation Organisation,” President Mukherjee added.