Tajik President Emomali Rahmon on Sunday met here with Yang Jiechi, Member of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and Director of the Office of the Foreign Affairs Commission of the CPC Central Committee, with both sides reaffirming commitments to strengthening ties.

During the meeting, Yang recalled that last year, Chinese President Xi Jinping and President Rahmon agreed to jointly build the China-Tajikistan development community and security community, outlining a new blueprint for developing relations between the two countries, which he noted are good neighbours, friends, partners and brothers.

China is willing to work with Tajikistan to implement the consensus reached between the two heads of state, unswervingly support each other, deepen practical cooperation, safeguard common security and strengthen communication and coordination in international and regional affairs, Yang said.

Over the past years, the two sides have seen fruits yielded in their jointly building the Belt and Road, and they should further synergise development strategies, elevate cooperation, and enhance people-to-people exchanges to further benefit the two countries and peoples, Yang said.

Yang briefed the Tajik President on the progress China has made in its all-out fight against the novel coronavirus under Xi’s leadership, as well as on the anti-virus measures adopted in tandem with those aimed at promoting economic and social development.

China thanks Tajikistan for sending medical equipment to assist its anti-virus efforts, Yang said, adding that China will continue working with countries including Tajikistan in fighting the coronavirus and safeguarding regional and global public health security.

For his part, Rahmon spoke highly of China’s anti-virus fight.

“The Chinese people will definitely defeat the virus under President Xi’s leadership”

 President Emomali

Rahmon said Tajikistan considers it as a foreign policy priority to develop relations with China, which is a close neighbour and reliable strategic partner of Tajikistan.

Tajikistan is willing to well implement the key Belt & Road cooperation projects, deepen security cooperation between the two countries and people-to-people exchanges, so as to inject new impetus into the development of the bilateral comprehensive strategic partnership. Also on Sunday, Yang met with Tajik Deputy Prime Minister Azim Ibrohim.