Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and his Tajik counterpart Emomali Rakhmon are interested in strengthening the traditional relations of friendship and strategic partnership, said a joint statement by the leaders posted on the Kremlin website.
“Bilateral agreements reached at the top level create a firm foundation for further deepening and expanding mutually beneficial Russian-Tajik ties in various spheres of political, trade, economic, scientific and technological, humanitarian and military-technical cooperation,” the statement said.
The two leaders praised counter-terrorist cooperation and said antiterrorism interaction should be boosted.
On Friday, the presidents of Russia and Tajikistan agreed to prepare in early 2012 an agreement extending Russia’s lease of a military base in Tajikistan by 49 years.
Moscow and Dushanbe are currently in talks on the continued market-based lease of a base in Tajikistan by the Russian military. Talks to extend the lease beyond 2014 were held at the working-group level in August.
Medvedev is on an official visit to the Central Asian country on Rakhmon’s invitation.