President of Russia Vladimir Putin: Mr Rahmon, I am glad to see you.
Everything has been developing, as planned. Colleagues are working, the governments are working, and security problems are being addressed.
We just need to meet and state that everything is proceeding according to plan. I also want to once again wish you a happy birthday, this time a belated happy birthday.
President of the Republic of Tajikistan Emomali Rahmon: Mr Putin,
I am glad to meet you. Russia is an important strategic partner and ally of Tajikistan. There is positive dynamism to collaboration between our countries in all areas.
Russia remains Tajikistan’s leading trade partner. Our cultural ties are expanding. Right now, I am ready for a discussion with you of the social prospects of our countries’ relationship, as well as international and regional issues.
Vladimir Putin: Thank you for finding time for a meeting on the sidelines of this summit.