On February 4, 2019, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Tajikistan to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland Masud Khalifazoda met with the Head of the Department of Middle Eastern and Central Asian Collection Dr Colin Baker and Head of the Department of Asian and African Collection of the British Library Dr Luisa Elena Mengoni.
During the meeting the sides discussed the issues related to the possibility of signing a cooperation agreement between the National Library of Tajikistan and the British Library, holding exhibitions, exchange of visits of representatives of the relevant agencies of the two countries, attracting library’s fellowships for Tajikistan and other issues of mutual interests. At the same time, the books of the Founder of Peace and National Unity – Leader of the Nation, President of the Republic of Tajikistan Emomali Rahmon have been presented by the Embassy to the collection of the British Library.
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