On April 17, President of Tajikistan Emomali Rahmon met with the leaders and activists of Isfara (the administrative centre of Isfara district, Sughd Region). Addressing the local residents, the Tajik leader dwelt on the delimitation and demarcation of the border with the Kyrgyz Republic, the press office of the President of Tajikistan reported.
Noting that Isfara shares a long border with Kyrgyzstan, thereby exerting considerable influence on relations between the peoples of the two states, Rahmon emphasised that the lack of border demarcation is one of the key issues for the local residents.
The President stressed that the authorities of Tajikistan agree to hold talks on border demarcation between the republics as soon as possible. He added that this is a complex process, which requires a lot of effort and time.
The President called on the residents of Isfara to keep patience and avoid conflict with the neighbours. Referring to a Tajik proverb, Rahmon said no one can choose who his neighbours are. The Tajik leader said the border dispute could only be resolved peacefully through negotiations.