India’s Minister of Science and Technology and Earth Sciences, Dr. Jitendra Singh held a bilateral meeting with the Minister of Energy and Water Resources of the Republic of Tajikistan, Mr. Daler Juma Shofaqir, on the margins of the United Nations Ocean Conference in Lisbon, Portugal, and discussed several issues of common interest. .
The two ministers discussed water resources research, with a particular focus on monitoring and understanding glaciers, unconventional energy, etc. Tajikistan’s minister called on India to support global water action and climate resilience on water for sustainable development.
Dr. Jitendra Singh pointed out that Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi hosted the first meeting of the India-Central Asia Summit in January this year with the participation of the Presidents of Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Turkmenistan and Turkey. ‘Uzbekistan, in a virtual format which symbolized the importance attached by the leaders of India and the countries of Central Asia to a comprehensive and lasting partnership between India and Central Asia.
Dr. Jitendra Singh also referred to the 11th Meeting of the Intergovernmental Commission of Tajikistan and India on Trade, Economic, Scientific and Technical Cooperation in 2020, where cooperation in the fields of economy, trade, finance , investment, private sector, industry and new technologies, transport, agriculture, energy, education, culture and tourism were addressed.
Dr Jitendra Singh told his Tajik counterpart Daler Juma Shofaqir that during Indian President Shri Ram Nath Kovind’s state visit to Tajikistan in 2018, eight MoUs/agreements were signed in the areas of use space technology, disaster management, renewable energy and agricultural research. and education to name but a few important ones.
The two ministers appreciated the ongoing close cooperation between the two countries and hoped that the partnership will grow stronger in the future.
It is pertinent to mention that India and Tajikistan have shared a traditional warm relationship and are engaged in more than one sector including pharmaceutical, healthcare, chemical, etc. Incidentally, under Prime Minister Modi, all these sectors received a special boost, especially after the Covid pandemic.
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