Turkey’s parliament speaker Mustafa Sentop received his Tajik counterpart Mahmadtoir Zokirzoda on Wednesday in the Turkish capital.
After one-on-one talks, Sentop and Zokirzoda attended a meeting between the countries' delegations.
The two leaders also signed an inter-parliamentary cooperation protocol to improve interparliamentary ties.
Pointing out that 2022 is also the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the countries, Sentop said: "I hope that the inter-parliamentary cooperation protocol will be a start for the new steps we will take together in 2022."
He said he believes the visit would strengthen bilateral and regional cooperation, especially relations between parliaments.
Turkey was one of the first countries to recognize the independence of Tajikistan, the Turkish leader said, adding that Ankara is ready to contribute and cooperate in many sectors such as the economy, education and health as well as defense, especially peace and prosperity of Dushanbe.
He stressed that alongside bilateral economic ties, academic and cultural activities should be prioritized so that people of the two countries who share common cultural values get to know each other better.
- Tajikistan ready to cooperate with Turkey
Zokirzoda thanked Sentop for his hospitality and said Tajikistan is always ready to cooperate with Turkey.
The Tajik leader underlined Turkey and Tajikistan want the bilateral trade volume to reach $1 billion in coming years, noting the level of cooperation will increase with the inter-parliamentary cooperation protocol.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan also had a 40-minute meeting with Zokirkoda at the Cankaya Mansion in Ankara.
* Writing by Seda Sevencan