Press-release for the briefing by H.E. Mr. Sirodjidin Aslov, Minister of Foreign Affairs in connection with the adoption of the UN General Assembly resolution entitled

On 21 December 21 2016 the UN General Assembly adopted with consensus a resolution A/RES/71/222 entitled "International Decade for Action "Water for Sustainable Development", 2018-2028", sponsored by the 177 UN member states. As you might be aware, the initiative for proclamation of the International Decade for Action "Water for Sustainable Development" was launched for the first time by H.E. Mr. Emomali Rahmon, President of the Republic of Tajikistan which took place last year in April in the Republic of Korea.

In accordance with the resolution (OP3) the period from 2018 to 2028 is  proclaimed as the International Decade for Action "Water for Sustainable Development" to commence on 22 March 2018 and terminate on 22 March 2028 (22 March – World Water Day).

Speaking at the Water Forum the President stated that "... the modern global challenges and threats, including the financial and economic crisis, population growth, climate change, increase of natural hydro-meteorological phenomena, water scarcity and, as a result, increasing levels of poverty, spread of infectious diseases, child and maternal mortality still require the mobilization of our efforts and relevant measures".

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Address of the President of the Republic of Tajikistan, Leader of the Nation, His Excellency Emomali Rahmon to the Parliament of the Republic of Tajikistan

                     Distinguished Members of Senate and Lower Chamber of the Parliament!
                                            Esteemed Compatriots!

This year, my Address covering main aspects of our country’s domestic and foreign policy is delivered after the celebration of the 25thAnniversary of Tajikistan’s State Independence i.e. in the period when our beloved country has entered its new development phase and the noble people of Tajikistan have been making firm steps towards the flourished future. During these 25 years, thanks to the dedicated efforts of our peoples, we made significant achievements in political, economic, social and cultural development of our country. We have undertaken all of these efforts to strengthen the foundation of State Independence, because freedom and independence is our greatest achievement and holy national ideology. We will further undertake every possible effort to protect and ensure its sustainability and protect this grand beneficence (favor) of our nation as apple of our eyes despite the existing challenges.

Alongside with this, I would like to recall that the beginning of our independence period was a tough period of examination for our people. At the early 90th of the last century, Tajikistan was in the whirlpool of severe internal conflicts as a result of intervention of some foreign countries made under the slogan of society democratization and this process led to imposed civil war and fratricidal tragedy.

The noble people of Tajikistan very well remember the terrible aftermath and painful blow of the war started by a group of people and ill-wishers of the Tajik nation with a view to imposing a strange culture and religion on our people and establishing Islamic State, which caused the death of tens of thousands of our citizens and huge economic loss.

The imposed civil war lagged behind our country’s development for several decades and made the people of Tajikistan work hard day and night for several years in order to overcome its devastating loss and bear very severe challenges and barriers.

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New electronic system of visa processing and issuance

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Tajikistan informs that a new electronic system of visa processing and issuance for foreign nationals and stateless persons will be introduced in diplomatic missions and consular offices of the Republic of Tajikistan and the Main Consular Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Tajikistan on 1 January 2017.

The new system’s objective is to simplify the Tajik visa processing procedures and it is another step in introduction of electronic public services.

Now foreign nationals and stateless persons need to submit the necessary documents to obtain a Tajik visa in the diplomatic missions and consulates of the Republic of Tajikistan and to extend their visas in the Main Consular Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Tajikistan at www.visa.gov.tj. Depending on the results of pre-assessment, consular officers may invite applicants via e-mail for necessary processing procedures.

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