Tajikistan president speaks on causes of and ways to eliminate extremism, terrorism

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DUSHANBE (TCA) — An unprecedented wave of terrorism and extremism urges us all to seek for the most efficient ways and roadmaps to eliminate sources of its political, military and financial support, President of Tajikistan Emomali Rahmon said in his speech at the Arab Islamic American Summit in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on May 21, the Tajik presidential press service reported.

The Summit, which gathered more than 50 leaders and representatives from 60 Islamic countries and U.S President Donald Trump, looked at ways to build more solid and effective security partnerships to counter and prevent the rising threats of terrorism and violent extremism in the world.

Rahmon said that pursuance of “double standards” policy is one of the elements preventing implementation of overall common efforts to eliminate terrorism and extremism.

“Radical and violent groups benefit from the support of so called public foundations and organizations and even countries,” Rahmon said. “Consequently, these threats and challenges have extended geography of their distribution in the most horrific ways. It is a matter of deep concern that attempts of politicizing and abuse (misuse) of immaculate name of the holy Islam religion provoked the growth of islamophobia and emergence of hatred towards Muslims. I in this regard reiterate that terrorist and extremist has neither homeland nor nation and nor religion.”

Rahmon said that stability and security in Central Asia largely depends on the situation in Afghanistan. “We support constructive efforts of the international community and the Government of neighboring Afghanistan aimed at building lasting peace and genuine stability. We stand ready to make our input in this process in the period ahead.”

The Tajik president emphasized that unemployment, poverty and low level of social security are among the causes promoting radicalization and terrorism, and support of social sector growth in developing countries would be a key and the most effective way to promote an overall stability.

“It is likewise important to give an utmost attention to expansion of trade and economic ties and mobilization of new technologies to developing countries,” Rahmon said. “It will certainly enable and build a capacity of these countries to penetrate into the global market bringing in competitive commodities. The developed countries of the Islamic world, which possess immense financial and investment opportunities, as well as technological capacity, could play an effective role in this practice.”

Sergey Kwan

TCA