India-Tajikistan sign key MoUs during Kovind visit

India and Tajikistan signed key memoranda of understanding (MoUs) in the fields of political relations, strategic research, agriculture, renewable energy, traditional medicine, space technology, youth affairs, culture and disaster management during Indian President Ram Nath Kovind's ongoing visit to this country.
In a media statement, Mr Kovind said that, during his meeting with President Emomali Rahmon, a very useful exchange of ideas took place between the two sides.
“I am certain that the roadmap that we have agreed to will further strengthen our Strategic Partnership. There is enormous potential for bilateral cooperation and collaboration in the fields of defence, trade and investment, tourism, health and development partnership. 
“India remains committed to providing capacity building and development assistance support to Tajikistan.  We are happy to offer a grant of US$ 20 million for financing development projects as identified by the Government of Tajikistan.  We will undertake a feasibility study of solar projects in seven villages in the country as requested by our host. We are also happy to provide two English Language Laboratories for Tajik Military,” he added.
Mr Kovind said the two countries could promote the International North-South Transport Corridor and other connectivity initiatives such as the development of Chabahar Port and the Ashgabat Agreement for smooth transport of goods.
During the visit, Mr. Kovind delivered a lecture on the theme of ‘Countering Radicalisation: Challenges in Modern Societies’ at the University of Tajikistan.
He said terrorism does not believe in borders. India, like Tajikistan, is taking on terrorism and extremism. “We too face the problem of radicalisation but our inclusive society, where socio-economic partnerships and participatory politics provide everybody with an inherent sense of belonging, has been our most effective bulwark.
"Plural and democratic India is a land of equal opportunity and equal respect for all. And a growing economy lifts one and lifts all," he said.
The President commenced his engagements with a visit to the Palace of Nations in Dushanbe. He was received by his Tajik counterpart President Emamoli Rahmon and accorded a ceremonial welcome. He also paid his respects at the Ismail Somani Memorial.
Immediately after the delegation-level talks, India and Tajikistan announced nine agreements. These are an agreement on cooperation in the field of disaster management; An agreement between the Indian Council of Agricultural Research and the Tajik Academy of Agriculture Sciences; An agreement on peaceful use of space technology for developmental purposes; An agreement between the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports and the Committee of Youth, Sports and Tourism, Tajikistan.
An agreement between the Centre Council for Research in Unani Medicine, Ministry of AYUSH, Government of India, and the Tajik State Medical University Abualibh Sino
A programme of cooperation between the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Government of Tajikistan, for the period 2018-21
An agreement between India’s Ministry of New and Renewable Energy and Ministry of Energy and Water Resources of Tajikistan for cooperation in renewable energy
A cultural exchange programme between the Ministries of Culture of India and Tajikistan for the period 2019-23
An agreement for academic and research exchanges between the Vivekananda International Foundation, India, and the Centre for Strategic Researches, Tajikistan
Later in the day, he paid his respects to Mahatma Gandhi and Rabindranath Tagore at their memorials in Dushanbe.

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