Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi highlighted Tajikistan-Iran friendly and brotherly ties, saying that both nations will witness new pages of collaborations.

IRNA says President Raisi sent a message of congratulations to Tajik President Emomali Rahmon on October 7 to felicitate his birthday, expressing hope that the deep cultural, historical, civilizational and lingual affinities will continue with the continuation of joint meetings; so, we can witness new pages of cooperation in line with securing mutual interests, and enhancing stability of the region.

In the message, the Iranian president wished good health and success of his Tajik counterpart, as well as welfare for the people of Tajikistan.

Relationships between Tajikistan and Iran have been growing since 1991, and many political experts believe that the developing relationship has its roots in long-standing cultural, religious and historical commonalities.

The Week of Culture of Tajikistan that was inaugurated by Iranian and Tajik ministers of culture on October 4 took place in the Islamic Republic of Iran last week.  Some art groups held programs and an exhibition was organized not only in Tehran but also in Shiraz and Tabriz.

Meanwhile, IRNA notes that the trade and transit of commodities between Central Asia’s nations and Iranian northeastern province of Razavi Khorasan have increased by 40 percent as a result of positive steps taken by the Raisi administration.

Razavi Khorasan Province is a province located in northeastern Iran.  Mashhad is the center and capital of the province.  Razavi Khorasan is one of the three provinces that were created after the division of Khorasan province in 2004.  In 2014, it was placed in Region 5 with Mashhad as the location of the region's secretariat.