The presidents of Iran and Afghanistan will celebrate Nowruz in Tajikistan
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has arrived in Tajikistan to participate in the third international festival of Nowruz, Trend reports with reference to the agency IRNA.
Before his departure, Ahmadinejad told reporters that the Nowruz celebrations will be held annually, as the International Day of Nowruz was proclaimed by UN General Assembly on March 21.
Iran's President takes part in the celebration of Nowruz in Tajikistan at the invitation of his Tajik counterpart. In the past two years, international Nowruz festivals were held in Tehran.
Ahmadinejad says he also plans to participate in a trilateral meeting between Iran, Afghanistan and Tajikistan, as well as in the meeting with the heads of the three countries and Pakistan, which will be held on the sidelines of the festival.
Regional events are the main issues on which the two presidents should negotiate, Ahmadinejad told reporters.
He also said he will attend the opening of the Iranian Cultural Centre in the Tajik capital Dushanbe.
Today, three Presidents – Afghanistan’s Hamid Karzai, Iran's Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Pakistan's Asif Ali Zardari will arrive in Tajikistan. As "Rosbalt" reports, referring to "Asia-Plus", the head of information section of the Tajik Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Davlat Nazriev, says that today bilateral meetings will be held between the President of Tajikistan, Emomali Rakhmon, and his colleagues from Iran and Pakistan, as well as an extended meeting of the delegations of Pakistan and Tajikistan .
In the morning of March 25, "Kohi Somon" will host the International Conference "Navruz 2012", where the presidents of Tajikistan, Afghanistan, Iran and Pakistan will speak. Immediately after the conference the heads of state will visit the exhibition "Nowruz" and the festive program, which will take place in the "Navruzgoh" complex. As expected, the bilateral meeting between the Presidents of Tajikistan and Afghanistan will take place the same day.
On March 25 in the afternoon, there will be a trilateral meeting between the Presidents of Tajikistan, Afghanistan and Iran, which will be held immediately after the quadripartite meeting between the Presidents of Tajikistan, Iran, Afghanistan, and Pakistan.