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Address of the President of the Republic of Tajikistan, Leader of the Nation, His Excellency Emomali Rahmon to the Parliament of the Republic of Tajikistan

                     Distinguished Members of Senate and Lower Chamber of the Parliament!
                                            Esteemed Compatriots!

This year, my Address covering main aspects of our country’s domestic and foreign policy is delivered after the celebration of the 25thAnniversary of Tajikistan’s State Independence i.e. in the period when our beloved country has entered its new development phase and the noble people of Tajikistan have been making firm steps towards the flourished future. During these 25 years, thanks to the dedicated efforts of our peoples, we made significant achievements in political, economic, social and cultural development of our country. We have undertaken all of these efforts to strengthen the foundation of State Independence, because freedom and independence is our greatest achievement and holy national ideology. We will further undertake every possible effort to protect and ensure its sustainability and protect this grand beneficence (favor) of our nation as apple of our eyes despite the existing challenges.

Alongside with this, I would like to recall that the beginning of our independence period was a tough period of examination for our people. At the early 90th of the last century, Tajikistan was in the whirlpool of severe internal conflicts as a result of intervention of some foreign countries made under the slogan of society democratization and this process led to imposed civil war and fratricidal tragedy.

The noble people of Tajikistan very well remember the terrible aftermath and painful blow of the war started by a group of people and ill-wishers of the Tajik nation with a view to imposing a strange culture and religion on our people and establishing Islamic State, which caused the death of tens of thousands of our citizens and huge economic loss.

The imposed civil war lagged behind our country’s development for several decades and made the people of Tajikistan work hard day and night for several years in order to overcome its devastating loss and bear very severe challenges and barriers.

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New electronic system of visa processing and issuance

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Tajikistan informs that a new electronic system of visa processing and issuance for foreign nationals and stateless persons will be introduced in diplomatic missions and consular offices of the Republic of Tajikistan and the Main Consular Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Tajikistan on 1 January 2017.

The new system’s objective is to simplify the Tajik visa processing procedures and it is another step in introduction of electronic public services.

Now foreign nationals and stateless persons need to submit the necessary documents to obtain a Tajik visa in the diplomatic missions and consulates of the Republic of Tajikistan and to extend their visas in the Main Consular Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Tajikistan at www.visa.gov.tj. Depending on the results of pre-assessment, consular officers may invite applicants via e-mail for necessary processing procedures.

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Reception of credentials from 14 newly appointed ambassadors

 The Founder of Peace and National Unity – Leader of the Nation, President of the Republic of Tajikistan, His Excellency Emomali Rahmon received today credentials presented by fourteen newly appointed Ambassadors to Tajikistan at the Palace of the Nation.

The Ambassadors Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Abdulaziz bin Muhammad Al – Bady, of the Republic of Turkey, Ali Rifat Koksal, of France, Ms. Yasmin Gouedard, of Italy, Andrea Bertozzi, of the Republic of Austria, Gerhard Sailler, of Netherlands, Dirk Jan Kop, of Greece, Andreas Friganas, of the Czech Republic, Jaroslav Siro, of the Swiss Confederation, Urs Schmid, of the Vatican, Francis Assisi Chullikatt, of the Republic of Moldova, Dumitru Bragish, of the Republic of Korea, Kwon Young-Woo, of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh, Madzhibul Rahman Buiyan and Ambassador of New Zealand, Ian Alexander Hill presented their letters of credence and conveyed greetings from the leadership of their countries to the President of the country, His Excellency Emomali Rahmon.

President of the Republic of Tajikistan, Emomali Rahmon, having congratulated the heads of diplomatic missions for officially assuming their office in Tajikistan, highlighted that Tajikistan has established effective and mutually beneficial bilateral and multilateral political, economic and trade, cultural and humanitarian relations with various countries of the world, and, based on that, gives priority attention to the development of multifaceted relations with the countries of the Arab world, Europe, Southeast Asia and South Asia, as well as CIS countries.

It was expressed confidence that the newly appointed ambassadors would take efforts to promote further expansion of cooperation between their countries and Tajikistan and make a worthy contribution to the development and deepening of friendly interstate relations

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