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Iran Hopes to Resolve Contention with Tajikistan through Talks

Monday 17 July 2017

TEHRAN (IFP) — Iran’s foreign ministry spokesman says the Islamic Republic’s issues with Tajikistan are some special ones that can be settled through exchange of thoughts at the negotiating table.

Regarding the misunderstandings between Tehran and Dushanbe, Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi said that for any reasons, there is a misunderstanding for Tajikistan about Iran and others have tried to deepen this misunderstanding.

“There is no doubt that some countries in the region are struggling to strain the regional countries’ relations with Iran. These actions are being pursued in spite of Iran’s efforts to avoid it. We believe that Tajikistan is a very close country to us and we care about its fate. We want independence and development of Tajikistan”, Qassemi added in a Persian interview with the Tasnim News Agency.

The Iranian diplomat also expressed hope that Tajikistan would overcome these struggles by thinking more about its relations with Iran and by looking closer at the facts of Dushanbe-Tehran ties in order to prepare the grounds for further talks with the Islamic Republic.

“If that happens, Dushanbe will face a change of mind-set and will return to very good normal relations with Iran because there would not be a better and more powerful friend than Iran for Mr. Rahmon’s administration in the region”, he underlined.

“We are interested in the continuation of his [Rahmon’s] government and they must analyse the facts correctly. There are also many attempts being made to put us in a better direction. If we sit at a table to negotiate, I am optimistic that we will reach understanding to clear up the misunderstandings caused by some other countries.”

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