Afghan President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani arrived in Dushanbe today morning on an official visit, Khovar news agency says

photo / Kovar

He was reportedly met at the Dushanbe airport by Tajik Prime Minister Qohir Rasoulzoda and other officials.

photo / Khovar

While, in Dushanbe, Mohammad Ashraf Ghani is scheduled to hold talks with Tajik President Emomali Rahmon, Prime Minister Qohir Rasoulzoda and Majlisi Namoyandagon (Tajikistan’s lower chamber of parliament) Speaker Mahmadtoir Zokirzoda.

Afghan leader will also hold a meeting with teachers and students of Tajik National University in Dushanbe.

Mohammad Ashraf Ghani is expected to be awarded the title of Honorary Doctor of Tajik National University.

Afghan leader will also participate in the 9th Ministerial Conference of the Heart of Asia - Istanbul Process that will take place in the Tajik capital on March 30.  

Mohammad Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai (born May 19, 1949) is an Afghan politician, academic, and economist who is serving as President of Afghanistan. He was first elected on September 20, 2014 and was re-elected in the September 28, 2019 presidential election.  He was announced the winner after a protracted process in February 2020 and was sworn in for a second term on March 9, 2020. An anthropologist by education, he previously served as Minister of Finance and the Chancellor of Kabul University.

Before returning to Afghanistan in 2002, Ghani was a professor of anthropology at numerous institutions (mostly Johns Hopkins University), and later started working with the World Bank.  As the Finance Minister of Afghanistan between July 2002 and December 2004, he led Afghanistan's attempted economic recovery after the collapse of the Taliban government.

He is the co-founder of the Institute for State Effectiveness, an organization set up in 2005 to improve the ability of states to serve their citizens. He is a member of the Commission on Legal Empowerment of the Poor, an independent initiative hosted by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).  In 2013 he was ranked 50th in an online poll to name the world's top 100 intellectuals conducted by Foreign Policy magazine and second in a similar poll run by Prospect magazine.