India on Monday offered a grant of USD 20 million to Tajikistan for financing development projects in the resource-rich Central Asian country as President Ram Nath Kovind and his Tajik counterpart held talks and reaffirmed their determination to counter all forms of terrorism and violent extremism.
President Kovind, who is here on a three-day state visit to strengthen India’s ties with the country, reviewed the Guard of Honour along with Tajik President Emamoli Rahmon before the start of bilateral discussions.
“This is my first visit to Central Asia. Tajikistan is our nearest neighbour in Central Asia. I have, therefore, decided to make my first call in Dushanbe,” Kovind said. India has historical ties with Tajikistan. Poets and philosophers like Rudaki, Amir Khusro and Bedil are household names in India and Tajikistan, he said.
“Their works bear testimony to our shared values of humanism and tolerance,” the president said. Read More
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