Tajik President reiterates full support to Afghan peace

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KABUL: Chairman of the High National for Reconciliation Council Abdullah Abdullah met with Tajik President Emomali Rahmon on Tuesday to confer on Afghan Peace Process and bilateral relations.
In the meeting, the Tajik President welcomed Dr. Abdullah and expressed hope that the peace efforts led by him would succeed. 
He further called Afghanistan a close friend and ally of Tajikistan and stressed that these relations are rooted in history, culture, and religious commonalities.
While announcing the Republic of Tajikistan’s full support for Afghanistan’s peace efforts, Rahmon said, “peace and stability in Afghanistan is peace and stability in Tajikistan, the region and beyond.”
“Tajikistan and Afghanistan have suffered from terrorism, extremism, and instability, and that peace in Afghanistan will pave the way for the expansion of trade and transit between the two countries,” he added.
For his part, Abdullah thanked Rahmon for the invitation, as well as his government for supporting the Afghan people in different spheres. 
He also stressed that Afghanistan, while upholding the Republic’s values, was committed to achieving durable and lasting peace.
This is while Abdullah visited the Afghan Embassy to Dushanbe, where he expressed his gratitude to the staff and wished them success. 
Addressing the diplomats, he said, “Our country and people are in a critical and crucial situation. Hopes have risen for an end to the bloodshed, and it is the joint responsibility of all to work for peace, a peace that will preserve our human, Islamic dignity and values.”