Tajikistan and Russia to continue security cooperation

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DUSHANBE (TCA) — Russian President Vladimir Putin and Tajikistan President Emomali Rahmon have vowed to continue their countries’ security cooperation, RFE/RL reported.

Following talks in Moscow on April 17, the Kremlin released a statement saying the two leaders agreed to continue joint efforts to “fight against terrorism, extremism, drug trafficking, and the illegal trade in weapons”.

Rahmon was in the Russian capital on a two-day official visit.

Ahead of the talks on April 17 with Putin, Rahmon said at a meeting with the members of the Tajik community in Moscow that regulation of labor migration and protection of rights and interests of Tajik citizens in Russia will top the agenda of his meetings with the Russian leadership.

There are hundreds of thousands of labor migrants from Central Asia, including Tajikistan, living and working in Russia.

On the sidelines of his official visit to Russia, President Rahmon met with Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, Rahmon’s press service reported.

“We are interested in strengthening the strategic partnership with Russia,” said Rahmon.

The two officials discussed a wide range of issues relating to the multifaceted cooperation between the two states, including in the promising areas of the economy and trade, the commodity turnover, the important role of the Intergovernmental Commission on Economic Cooperation, increasing exports of environmentally friendly fruit and vegetables to the Russian market, expediting the financing of the transportation and logistics centers which are planned to be established in Tajikistan, implementation of investment projects, and creation of joint ventures.

Particular attention was paid to expanding cooperation in the humanitarian fields, as well as culture, science and education. The construction of new secondary schools with Russian-language teaching in Tajikistan and invitation of teachers from the Russian Federation were also discussed.

Sergey Kwan

TCA