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India, Tajikistan to step up anti-terror, defence cooperation

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi shakes hand with Tajikistan President Emomalih Rahmon before their meeting in New Delhi on Saturday

The countries will also be working for the early adoption of the Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism by the UN General Assembly.

Pointing at the growing menace of terrorism in Asia and other parts of the world, Prime Minister Modi praised Tajikistan for its role in fighting terror.

Modi stated that he and Emomali Rahmon, President of the Republic of Tajikistan, have agreed to increase the "scope and scale of our economic engagement especially trade and investment traffic" between the two nations.

Mr. Modi said President Rahmon and he had had fruitful discussions in which they assessed the broad progress achieved under different pillars of their bilateral engagement, including their partnership in defence and security.

"President Rahmon and I agreed today to strengthen action on this front based on mutually agreed priorities".

He described Tajikistan "a valued friend and strategic partner" of India and said the two countries face multiple-security challenges in their extended neighbourhood, including in Afghanistan.

Read the full joint statement here.

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The statement added that India's membership of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization will be a valuable platform to work closely on regional security and counter-terrorism efforts with Tajikistan.

He made the remarks following his meeting with the visiting Tajikistan President Emomali Rahmon here on Saturday.

The two countries on the day inked four pacts including one concerning exchange of financial intelligence related to money laundering, related crimes and financing of terrorism.

Stressing on the importance of an "Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace process and national reconciliation", both countries, as neighbours of Afghanistan, resolved work together to contribute to Afghan peace and prosperity.

Another MoU was signed between the Committee of Television and Radio under the Government of Tajikistan and the Prasar Bharati of India for cooperation on Broadcasting in Exchange of Audio Visual Programmes.

"India is also engaged in facilitating the International North South Transport Corridor with other members, including Tajikistan", Modi said.

During his last visit to India in 2012, the two countries elevated their bilateral relations to the level of a long-term strategic partnership.

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