On Monday January 13, Qatari Prime Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani received Tajikistan’s Ambassador to the State of Qatar Khisrav Sohibzoda, according to the Tajik MFA information department.  

In the course of the talks, they reportedly discussed issues related to further expansion of bilateral political and economic cooperation between the Republic of Tajikistan and the State of Qatar. 

Ambassador Sohibzoda conveyed to Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani an invitation of Tajik Prime Minister Qohir Rasoulzoda to participate in The High-Level International Conference on the International Decade for Action “Water for Sustainable Development”, 2018-2028, which will take place in Dushanbe from June 18-20 this year.  

Qatari Prime Minister reportedly accepted the invitation with gratitude and emphasized the importance of the upcoming conference for achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).  

Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani (born 1960) is a Qatari politician who has been Prime Minister of Qatar since June 26, 2013. A member of the ruling family, he was Minister of State for Internal Affairs from 2005 to 2013.

Diplomatic relations between the Republic of Tajikistan and the State of Qatar were established on December 13, 1994, and the Embassy of the State of Qatar started functioning in Tajikistan in November 2012.  In July 2013, the State of Qatar appointed its Ambassador to the Republic of Tajikistan.  Tajikistan opened its Embassy in the State of Qatar in December 2012.  In May 2013, the Ambassador of the Republic of Tajikistan to the State of Qatar was appointed.

During his visit to Doha in February 2017, Tajik President Emomali Rahmon and his team presented their Qatari counterparts with a laundry list of potential investment and spheres of cooperation: from hydropower and water to transportation, agriculture, light industry, mining, and scientific exchanges.  The president also highlighted the country’s four free trade zones as open for Qatari business, and pushed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) between the Qatar Stock Exchange and Tajikistan’s Central Asia Stock Exchange, established in April 2015.