Federation Council Speaker Valentina Matvienko meets with President of the Republic of Tajikistan Emomali Rahmon

The parties discussed various aspects of Russian-Tajikistani relations, including expanding bilateral interparliamentary cooperation.

Federation Council delegation paid an official visit to Dushanbe, Tajikistan, during which Federation Council Speaker Valentina Matvienko had a conversation with President of the Republic of Tajikistan Emomali Rahmon.

They discussed relations between Russia and Tajikistan, including expanding bilateral interparliamentary cooperation.

“Russia and Tajikistan are strategic partners and allies, and relations between the two countries are developing steadily on the basis of long-standing traditions of friendship and mutual respect,” the Federation Council Speaker said.

Valentina Matvienko thanked Emomali Rahmon for paying close attention to the parliamentary aspect of interstate relations.

The 7th Inter-Parliamentary Forum Tajikistan-Russia: Potential for Inter-Regional Cooperation, which was held in Dushanbe, convincingly shows the progressive and meaningful development of Russian-Tajikistani interaction in many areas, the Federation Council Speaker noted.

Valentina Matvienko underscored the active cooperation between the two countries’ regions.

Speaking about the development of cultural and humanitarian ties, the meeting participants noted the importance of implementing a project to send Russian teachers to schools in Tajikistan and to build educational institutions there. The parties stated that demand for Russian-language education remained high in Tajikistani society.

Valentina Matvienko also informed the President of Tajikistan on the situation around Ukraine in great detail.

Grigory Karasin, Chair of the Federation Council Committee on Foreign Affairs, also took part in the meeting.

Replying to journalists’ questions, Valentina Matvienko said the conversation was lengthy and detailed. “Emomali Rahmon is an experienced and wise politician, and he has provided his assessments of ongoing processes and prospects for Russian-Tajikistani relations. Just like Russia, Tajikistan is interested in expanding and deepening these relations,” the Federation Council Speaker said.

During their official visit, members of the Federation Council’s delegation, headed by Federation Council Speaker Valentina Matvienko, visited the National Unity and Revival of Tajikistan memorial complex. The senators laid a wreath at a monument to Ismoil Somoni.