Iranian FM Goes to Tajikistan on Mission to Patch Up Relations
Iran’s foreign minister has embarked on a curious mission to Tajikistan, possibly to patch up relations that have plummeted to historic lows.
Javad Zarif ostensibly flew into Dushanbe on November 8 to attend the inauguration of a new Iranian embassy — the old building having been swept up in the city’s relentless redesign.
But the viciousness of anti-Iranian rhetoric coming out of Tajikistan of late adds piquancy to the visit. Ties have never been without their troubles, but things took a severe turn for the worse in December 2015, when Iran laid out the red carpet for Tajik opposition leader Muhiddin Kabiri, who is wanted back home on trumped-up charges of fomenting a plot to topple the government. Kabiri was in Tehran to attend an Islamic conference, but he managed all the same to meet with Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei for talks and was pictured as they exchanged warm greetings.
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