The Chairman of the High Council for National Reconciliation of Afghanistan (HCNR), Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, heading a high-ranking government delegation is arriving in Dushanbe today on a two-day visit.

While in Dushanbe, Dr. Abdullah will hold talks with Tajik President Emomali Rahmon, Prime Minister Qohir Rasoulzoda, Speaker of the Majlisi Namoyandagon (Tajikistan’s lower chamber of parliament) Mahmadtoir Zokirzoda and Foreign Minister Sirojiddin Muhriddin.

The sides are expected to discuss the state and further expansion of bilateral cooperation between Tajikistan and Afghanistan.

The talks will focus on the issues related to the bilateral cooperation in the fields of trade, energy and security as well as establishment of peace and accord in Afghanistan, a source in the Tajik government told Asia-Plus in an interview.  

Tajik officials expect the visit of Dr. Abdullah to Tajikistan to facilitate further development of relationship between Tajikistan and Afghanistan. 

Dr. Abdullah Abdullah (born 5 September 1960) is an Afghan politician who leads the High Council for National Reconciliation (HCNR), which is expected to lead the intra-Afghan peace talks with the Taliban.  He served as Chief Executive Officer of the Unity Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan from September 2014 until March 2020.  From October 2001 to April 2005, he served as Minister of Foreign Affairs.  Prior to that he was a senior member of the Northern Alliance working as an adviser to Ahmad Shah Massoud.  He also worked as a medical doctor during the late 1990s.