Tajikistan proud of historical, cultural rapprochement with Egyptians: Tajik ambassador

Amr Yehia, Thursday 8 Sep 2022

Tajik Ambassador to Egypt Zarobiddin Kosimi said "our country is proud of the historical and cultural rapprochement with the Egyptian people” and seeks to promote the common interests of Egypt and Tajikistan.

Zarobiddin Kosimi
Tajik Ambassador to Egypt Zarobiddin Kosimi

 

Kosimi’s remarks came in a press briefing held recently by the embassy to mark the 31st anniversary of Tajikistani Independence Day. Observed on 9 September annually, the National Day of Tajikistan marks its independence from the Soviet Union in 1991.

Tajikistan is a modern and young country characterised by enormous natural and human resources, said the ambassador, adding “we view Egypt as one of the pivotal countries in the Middle East and the African continent and occupies an important place in our foreign policy.”

In addition to the presence of common denominators and similarities in the ancient history and rich culture of the two countries, there is also active and supportive participation of each other in international and regional issues and arenas, Kosimi said.

“Next April, we will celebrate the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations with Egypt. We also seek to open an Egyptian embassy in Tajikistan to increase diplomatic representation and serve the common interests between the two countries,” said Kosimi.

In March 2022, Tajik President Emomali Rahmon made an official visit to Egypt which coincided with the 30th anniversary of Egypt's recognition of the independent Republic of Tajikistan, as Egypt was the first Arab country to open an embassy for Tajikistan and has been boosting cooperation in several fields ever since.

The visit “bolstered bilateral relations which witnessed great progress after that visit. The visit was a declaration of the will of two leaders and people to move forward,” Kosimi said.

His meeting with President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi came in parallel with holding a joint business forum that saw the signing of 11 memoranda of understanding (MoUs) in various fields, including agriculture, sports and education.

"The visit witnessed signing agreements to enhance coordination in the security field, exchange information, exchanging experiences between the two countries in the field of combating terrorism, and organised crime as a global threat," the ambassador said.

It also strengthened cooperation between the two countries in the fields of irrigation development and water resources utilisation, hydropower, mining, agriculture, tourism, health and pharmaceutical manufacturing, in addition to exploring cooperation in the various fields, such as joint projects in oil and gas exploration, banking sector, taxes and tourism, the ambassador said.

Tajikistan attaches importance to strengthening economic cooperation with Egypt, stressed the ambassador.

Preparations are underway for the third session of the joint Egyptian-Tajik's committee for economic, scientific and technical cooperation to enhance economic cooperation and present investment opportunities between the two countries, with a focus on investment, trade, industry, mining, agriculture, communications, information technology, health, medicine, electricity, energy, tourism, education and scientific research.

We in Tajikistan, the ambassador said, highly appreciate the initiatives of President El-Sisi to combat global warming, and commend Egypt on hosting of the 27th UN Climate Change Conference (COP27) in Sharm El-Sheikh, planned for November, adding, “we will support Egypt with the participation of a high-level delegation from various concerned authorities and bodies in Tajikistan.”

"Due to the great experience of our country in the field of water management, Tajikistan pays special attention to the process of establishing and strengthening cooperation with Egypt in order to expand the capacity to generate green energy from renewable sources,” said Kosimi.

Egypt has been trying to exploit its advanced natural gas and electricity infrastructure, and its strategic geographical location to be a hub for green energy.

In late August, Hala El-Said, minister of planning and economic development and chairperson of the Sovereign Fund of Egypt (TSFE), said “as the world turns to clean energy as a viable way to reach net zero [target], Egypt is emerging as a global and regional powerhouse for green hydrogen production, storage and export”.

Al-Said’s remarks came in the wake of seven MoUs Egypt signed on 25 August to establish industrial complexes to produce green hydrogen in the Ain Al-Sokhna Industrial Zone, which is located within the Suez Canal Economic Zone (SCZONE).

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