During the official visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Tajakistan, in July 201, both countries, located in the proximity of the “main source of terror”, pledged to further deepen their cooperation to fight the menace and agreed to step-up defence ties, besides boosting trade and investment.
During the wide-range talks Mr Modi and Tajik President Emomali Rahamon, the two sides pitched for taking the ties to newer heights in diverse areas.
The two leaders also discussed ways to enhance connectivity between India and Tajikistan and in this context, they agreed to promote the International North-South Transport Corridor, which proposes to link Central Asia with South Asia.
Mr Modi to presented President Rahmon a specially-commissioned miniature painting of the tomb of the 17th century Indian poet Abdul Qadir Bedil who is regarded, especially in Tajikistan, as one the greatest masters of Persian poetry. Born in 1644 in Patna, Bedil was influenced by Sufism and wrote 16 books of poetry. The miniature painting was done by national award-winning Delhi-based artist Jai Prakash.