The Vice-President of India, Hamid Ansari visited Tajikistan from 14 April to 17 April 2013. He was accompanied by a high-level delegation that included Minister of State for Agriculture and Food Processing Industries and four Members of Parliament. Vice-President’s visit was conducted with the idea of strengthening the bilateral ties and strategic partnership in countering cross-border militancy.
During his stay in the country the Vice-President met President Emomali Rahmon and Prime Minister Tajikistan Oqil Oqilov of Tajikistan. He also visited the Khatlon Province of Tajikistan and meet with the Governor. He also visited Tajik Technical University.
The Vice-President also inaugurated India-Tajikistan modern engineering workshop in Tajik Technical University for creation of a center of IT excellence that will also have a super computer. This centre will soon become a focal point for pan central Asia e-network that India would implement soon in the near future. This network is being planned to enable tele-education that would be delivered from India.
The visit of the Vice-President to Tajikistan will enhance the relationship between the two countries and elevate the level of strategic partnership between the two nations. Earlier in 2012, the President of Tajikistan Emomali Rahmon paid a state visit to India. The two countries have been conducting the high-level exchanges in different areas of significance and worked towards security, peace and prosperity of the region. Tajikistan is one of India’s closest partners in the international arena.