Political Relations, Visits
In 1997 the President of the Republic of Tajikistan Emomali Rahmon visited the Republic of Austria for participation in the International Conference of the donor countries on support to post-war development in Tajikistan where he met with the Federal President of the Republic of Austria Mr. Thomas Klestil. They discussed wide-scope of issues related to the prospects of bilateral and multilateral cooperation.
A significant event in the new history of relationship between the two countries was the first official visit of the President of the Republic of Tajikistan Emomali Rahmon to the Republic of Austria, which took place on June 7, 2011. During his visit Emomali Rahmon held meeting with the President of the Republic of Austria Dr. Heinz Fisher. Presidents discussed issues related to enhancement of bilateral relations between two countries. During the visit, in the presence of Presidents a number of bilateral documents were signed. On the next day within the framework of this visit, delegation of the Republic of Tajikistan, including Minister of Economy and Trade Mr.Farrukh Hamraliev, Finance Minister Mr.Safarali Najmiddinov and Chairman of the State Committee on Investments and Management of State Property Mr.Davlatali Saidov attended the World Economic Forum in Vienna.
The first official visit of the Federal President of the Republic of Austria Dr. Heinz Fischer to Tajikistan on March 12-13, 2013 has given further impulse to the relations between two countries. In the framework of his official visit the President of the Republic of Austria Dr. Heinz Fischer and the President of the Republic of Tajikistan Emomali Rahmon held tete-a-tete meeting as well as other official top-level negotiations took place.
Development of cooperation in the fundamental areas of economy and investment, including energy, light and food industries, agriculture, transport and communications, production of construction materials and others have been named among the prospective directions of relations between both countries.
The Tajik-Austrian business forum has been held in the framework of the official visit with participation of the Presidents of both countries Emomali Rahmon and Dr. Heinz Fischer. Numerous representatives from both states were attended this event.
On November, 24, 1998 during Conference of the donor countries on support to post-conflict development in the Republic of Tajikistan Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Tajikistan Talbak Nazarov and State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Austria Mrs. Benita Ferrero-Waldner exchanged notes on recognition of contracts on the mutual relations had signed earlier between the USSR and the Republic of Austria.
Noting mutual interest in further strengthening collaboration in the field of security and international relations, it was agreed to conduct annual political consultations in the capitals of both countries on rotation basis.
So far, both sides have held five political consultations as follows:
First two rounds of Tajik-Austrian political consultations were held in Dushanbe on February 21 – 23, 2007 and on May 7, 2009 respectively;
Third round of bilateral political consultations were held in April 1, 2011 in Vienna during the official visit of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Tajikistan Mr. Hamrokhon Zarifi to the Republic of Austria.
During this visit Minister attended the 856th OSCE Permanent Council meeting, where he made an address. Also, Minster H.Zarifi held a meeting with the OSCE Secretary General Marc Perrin de Brichambaut, and the Federal Minister for European and International Affairs of the Republic of Austria Michael Spindelegger.
Next round of Tajik-Austrian political consultations, which took place on October 8, 2012 in Dushanbe, showed consonance of views and approaches regarding threats and challenges as well as means of political solution of regional conflicts, including Afghanistan. Aiming to give an impulse to extension of bilateral relations in future, both sides have agreed to commence negotiations during official visit of the Federal President of the Republic of Austria Dr. Heinz Fisher to Tajikistan in March, 2013.
Fifth round the Tajik-Austrian political consultations took place on 26 March, 2014 in Vienna reviewed current bilateral relations and further development of cooperation between the two countries as well as regional and international issues of mutual interest.
Next two rounds of regular bilateral political consultations between Tajikistan and Austria were held in Dushanbe October 12-13, 2015 and June 6, 2016. The Austrian Delegations were headed by the Secretary-General of the Federal Ministry for European Integration and Foreign Affairs of Austria Michael Linhart and Ambassador Heidemaria Gürer, Head of the Department on Eastern Europe, South Caucasus, Central Asia and Central European Initiative of the Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs of Austria and respectively. During these consultations the sides exchanged views on the state and prospects for development of bilateral relations in political, trade-economic and cultural spheres, cooperation between the two countries in the framework of the European Union for Central Asia, priorities for Austria`s Chairmanship in Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) in 2017 as well as other issues of mutual interest.