India and Tajikistan share common perspectives on several regional and international issues. Over the years, regular exchange of visits at the highest level has cemented bilateral ties. President Pratibha Devisingh Patil visited Tajikistan in September 2009. Prime Minister Vajpayee visited Dushanbe in November 2003 and Prime Minister Narendra Modi in July 2015. During the visit of President Rahmon to India in September 2012, the two countries elevated their relationship to Strategic Partnership. President Rahmon paid State visit to India again in December 2016 (6th visit). We have (a) India-Tajikistan Joint Commission, (b) Joint Working Group on Counter Terrorism, (c) Foreign Office Consultations. Separately, under several MOUs there are working groups.
Both the countries share historic ties as Babur hailed from the land presently called Tajikistan, when he established the Mughal Empire in India which left an indelible impact on course of Indian history, culture and cuisine. India shares the geo-strategic concerns of Tajikistan and has always been a partner in its quest for all round development. Both countries share concerns of growing impact of terrorism in its immediate neighbourhood. Through various bilateral agreements, both countries are engaged in various joint programmes in the fields of defence cooperation, infrastructure development, human resource development, healthcare and cultural exchange programmes. People to People contact has remained a keyword of our relationship.