On September 17, President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, participating as an honorary guest in a meeting of the Council of Heads of States of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, had a meeting with President of the Republic of Tajikistan Emomali Rahmon.

After exchanging warm greetings, the heads of friendly states expressed satisfaction with the opportunity to meet again and in a personal conversation to discuss the prospects for bilateral cooperation, including within the framework of international organizations.

Expressing gratitude to his Tajik colleague for the invitation to visit Dushanbe in order to participate as an honored guest in the Summit of the Heads of the SCO Member States, the leader of the nation thanked him for the hospitality and warm welcome, cordiality and excellent organization of this important event under the chair of Tajikistan.

During the meeting, the interlocutors exchanged views on the priority areas of Turkmen-Tajik cooperation, which is successfully developing both in a bilateral and regional format.

President Emomali Rahmon emphasized that Tajikistan fully supports the constructive foreign policy and constructive initiatives of neutral Turkmenistan that meet the goals of ensuring peace, security and prosperity on a regional and global scale.

In this regard, the parties noted special significance of the upcoming 15th Summit of the Organization for Economic Cooperation under the chair of Turkmenistan, which will be held on November 28 in Ashgabat.

Taking this opportunity, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov invited President Emomali Rahmon to visit our country to participate in this important event, expressing confidence that this will serve as a significant contribution to strengthening regional and international cooperation for the further progress and prosperity of the region.

Expressing deep gratitude for the invitation to visit friendly Turkmenistan, the Tajik leader noted the active role of President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov in promoting comprehensive interstate cooperation within the ECO as an extremely important factor for creating an atmosphere of mutual understanding and support at the bilateral level and in the region as a whole.

At the end of the meeting, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov once again reaffirmed Turkmenistan's commitment to the traditional ties of friendship and good neighborliness, wishing President Emomali Rahmon good health, prosperity and successful holding of the anniversary summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization.