On Friday, 5 October, H.E. Mr. Emomali Rahmon, President of the Republic of Tajikistan, who was in Japan at the invitation of the Government, visited the House with his delegation and met with Mr. Tadamori Oshima, Speaker; Mr. Hirotaka Akamatsu, Vice-Speaker; and Mr. Keiji Furuya, Chairman of the Standing Committee on Rules and Administration.
Speaker Oshima, beginning by welcoming the delegation to Japan, stated that Tajikistan was crucially important as a linchpin of regional stability in Central Asia and that Japan had been supporting Tajikistan's nation-building in various areas over 25 years since Tajikistan's independence. He also expressed hope that exchanges between the two parliaments be further promoted.
In reply, President Rahmon, expressing gratitude to Speaker Oshima for his welcome, stated that he looked forward to further development of cooperative and friendly relations, with parliamentary friendship leagues having been established in both countries. He also appreciated Japan's contributions to projects, including those for technical cooperation and humanitarian aid. Requesting Japan to continue their support utilizing Japanese know-how, he hoped that this support would make the cooperative and friendly relationship between the two countries stronger.
They also talked about other subjects including Japanese assistance in human resource development and infrastructure improvements, establishing cooperative relationships in the international arena, and promoting private investments.