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11.05.2018 | Meeting with the Commander of the United States Central Command General Joseph Votel

 

On May 11, the Founder of Peace and National Unity – Leader of the Nation, President of the Republic of Tajikistan Emomali Rahmon held talks with the Commander of the United States Central Command General Joseph Votel, who has arrived in Tajikistan on a working visit.

The Head of State Emomali Rahmon and General Joseph Votel discussed current matters related to Tajikistani – US cooperation and its prospects, primarily security cooperation, and exchanged views on the key regional and international issues.

The discussion focused, in particular, on topical issues of further strengthening of common Tajik-Afghan border protection, taking efforts to jointly address modern challenges and threats facing the world, especially terrorism, extremism, drug trafficking and cybercrimes.

In this context, the Leader of the Nation stressed the importance of Dushanbe High-level International Conference on “Countering Terrorism and Preventing Violent Extremism”.

The sides also discussed the alarming situation in Afghanistan and stressed efforts aimed at restoring peace and stability in that country and ensuring its safety as soon as possible.

 
09.05.2018 | The Dushanbe Declaration on the results of the High-Level International Conference on Countering Terrorism and Preventing Violent Extremism, 3-4 May 2018

On 3-4 May 2018, a High-Level International Conference on “Countering Terrorism and Preventing Violent Extremism” was hosted by the Government of the Republic of Tajikistan in cooperation with the United Nations (UN), the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), the European Union (EU) and with the support of the State of Qatar.

Foreign Ministers and heads of delegations, as well as representatives of regional and international organizations, civil society, scientific institutions and the diplomatic missions accredited to Tajikistan took part in the Conference, which concluded with the following Declaration:

We, the States, represented at this High Level International Conference titled “Countering Terrorism and Preventing Violent Extremism”:

- noting with great concern and alarm the proliferation of threats posed by terrorism and extremism worldwide; 
- stressing that terrorism can only be defeated through increased international solidarity and cooperation and by a sustained and comprehensive approach involving all States and relevant international and regional organizations;

- recognizing the UN’s central and coordinating role in fostering international cooperation and in supporting Member States that are holding primary responsibility in implementing the UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy in a balanced and integrated manner across its four pillars to prevent and counter terrorism in all its forms and manifestations, and taking note of the 2016 UN Secretary-General’s Plan of Action to Prevent Violent Extremism;

- reaffirming the principles and norms enshrined in international law, the UN Charter, and in relevant UN Security Council and General Assembly resolutions;

- repeating need to abide by relevant international law, including international human rights law in countering terrorism;

-  emphasizing the need to address all conditions conducive to terrorism and extremism, both internal and external, in a balanced manner and while recognizing that none of them can excuse or justify terrorist acts;

- taking note of the work of the OSCE in assisting its participating States and Partners for Co-operation in countering terrorism and preventing violent extremism through effective and human rights compliant means, as reflected in the relevant OSCE documents, including the OSCE Consolidated Framework for the Fight against Terrorism and pertinent OSCE Ministerial Council Decisions and Declarations;

- recognizing efforts of relevant international and regional organizations, such as SCO, EU, CSTO and CIS in this field;

- emphasizing the importance of the efforts of the Central Asian States in the exchange of information and experience on all aspects of the fight against terrorism and violent extremism at the regional and international levels, as well as their aspiration to develop joint measures and strategies in this field;

- encouraging stronger collective efforts to prevent recruitment and training as well as the planning, facilitation and financing of acts of terrorism.

1. Consider it important to consolidate platforms for discussion and action at the regional and international level for more coordinated efforts by the entire international community in countering terrorism and preventing violent extremism;

2. Encourage an ever-greater unity of purpose through coordination, cooperation and the joint action of UN Member States, as well as international and regional organizations in countering terrorism and preventing violent extremism;

3. Recognize that terrorist and violent extremist groups exploit deep rooted grievances in situations of prolonged and unresolved conflicts, and therefore these conflicts need sustained efforts towards their resolution;

4. Reaffirm our commitment to implementation, in an integrated and balanced manner, of the UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy at the national and regional levels, including by forging regional plans of action, while ensuring national responsibility and ownership. We recall in this connection the Joint Action Plan for Central Asia of 30 November 2011 as the first regional framework for a comprehensive, integrated and balanced implementation of the Strategy;

5. Reaffirm also our commitment to implement the relevant Security Council resolutions on countering terrorism and violent extremism, including resolutions 1267(1999), 1373(2001), 1624(2005), 2178(2014), 2242(2015), 2354(2017) and 2396(2017), and the Counter-Terrorism Committee’s recommendations agreed upon by the participating Governments during the Committee’s assessment visits;

6. Consider it essential to prevent and deny terrorists access to any financial, technical and logistical support and channels;

7. Reaffirm our commitment to implement the comprehensive international standards against terrorist financing and money-laundering embodied in the forty Recommendations of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF);

8.  Deem it important to intensify cooperation and coordination in such areas as relevant information-sharing, border security, legal cooperation, and the exchange of best practices, including INTERPOL mechanisms to counter the movement and activities of terrorist groups, including that of foreign terrorist fighters, their affiliates and sponsors as well as to join efforts against any nexus between terrorism and transnational organized crime within the applicable legal frameworks;

9. Support the adoption and implementation of measures aimed at preventing violent extremism and radicalization leading to terrorism, particularly among youth and in close cooperation with civil society actors, facilitating a whole-of-society approach.

10. Emphasize the need to prioritize preventive action through efforts by the Central Asian States and others in education, by creating opportunities for young generations, establishment of inclusive and participatory form of government and promoting shared values of tolerance, respect and peace, all of which constitute key means to prevent violent extremism;

11.  Stress that effective and gender-sensitive implementation of policies is a crucial element in the prevention of violent extremism and radicalization that leads of terrorism. This includes empowering women as agents of change in building community resilience as well as combating discrimination of women in society, as well as broader efforts towards gender equality;

12. Call for responsible approaches by all types of media, upholding the highest professional standards of journalism in relation to reporting on violent extremist and terrorist threats and acts, in line with international human rights law on freedom of expression and the media;

13. Emphasize the importance of developing and implementing comprehensive strategies on countering the use of the Internet for terrorist purposes at the national, regional and international levels while respecting human rights and fundamental freedoms;

14. Reaffirm our willingness to further the exchange of information, findings of scientific research and good practices to counter terrorist and violent extremist ideologies;

15. Express our gratitude to the Government of the Republic of Tajikistan for the excellent organization of this High-Level International Conference and the warm hospitality accorded and extend our appreciation to the State of Qatar for its generous support to this Event.

16. Ask the Republic of Tajikistan to submit the Declaration as the UN General Assembly document and distribute it to all UN Member States.

 
04.05.2018 | Statement at the High-level International Conference on Countering Terrorism and Preventing Violent Extremism

Distinguished UN Under-Secretary General,
Distinguished OSCE Secretary General,
Dear Heads of Delegation,
Ladies and Gentlemen,

At the outset, I would like to welcome you and your delegations to the ancient Tajikistan.

This event today will focus on a topical issue of the current time being, which is countering terrorism and violent extremism.

I believe that this forum will make it possible to comprehensively discuss the issues related to countering this cholera of the century and develop and impelement joint and coordinated initiatives and recommendations.

It is obvious that peace and stability and sustained security of countries is among our key objectives and the most important criterion for launching and maintaining creative processes for the sustainable development at the international and regional levels.

Currently, millions of people throughout the world have been subject to risks and threats of wars and conflicts, terrorism and extremism have turned into an unprecedental  global threat causing tragic and long-term public, political, and moral consequences.

During the recent years, more than 100 countries of the world became the target of devastating terrorist attacks, which killed hundreds of thousands of peaceful people and millions of people left their residents, places and areas in the aftermath. The economic loss caused to countries amounted to hundreds of billion dollars.

Only in Afghanistan, last year the aftermath of terrorist attacks damaged more than 10 000 and killed more than 4 000 peaceful people. Sadly, 32% of fatalities and 53% of wounded people were women and children. It is obvious that in such a situation, countries of the world cannot succeed in countering the growing peace and security threats and challenges, and ensure peace and stability individually. Therefore, given the existing reality, we need to acknowledge the enhancement of regional and global cooperation and partnership for ensuring inclusive stability and security by undertaking joint initiatives on countering terrorism and extremism and elimination of political military and financial support factors, as a practical tool for release from this dangerous phenomena.

In this process, we think we need to be clear and comprehensive in our reaction to growingly increasing threats of terrorism and extremism by ensuring the key role of the United Nations and its relevant agencies as the coordinating institution.

The UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy and its antiterrorist conventions, the UN Security Council and the UN General Assembly resolutions should be the base of our joint counteraction to terrorism and extremism.

Sadly, today we witness that the strategic standoff has intensified in the world and we clearly notice the signs of secondary expansion of the cold war. This situation undermines the efforts of the international community to counter the global threats and challenges and negatively impacts the fundamental principles of the world order and system.

With this regard, I would like to emphasize that Tajikistan is the national partner of all countries of the world and international and regional organizations in countering terrorism, extremism and  radicalization and other threats and challenges of the time being, like illicit drugs and arm trafficking, organized transnational crimes and cyber crime.

In the current complicated situation full of contradictions, we need to operate rather than competing and attempting to dominate.

We need to foster cooperation based on trust, solidarity and close coordination between the security and law-enforcement agencies to achieve the expected outcomes in countering the threatening phenomena of the time being.

With this regard, our country continuously makes efforts to ensure effective joint fight against threats and risks of the present time as an active UN member state and will continue making efforts to expand  its constructive activities in this area  in the future.

Strengthening wider cooperation with international partners is an important factor for us in implementation of the objectives reflected in our National Counter-Terrorism and Extremism Strategy (2016-2020) and its Action Plan with 12 thematic pillars. In this context, Tajikistan established targeted cooperation with its partners within the regional institutions, like the Commonwealth of Independent States, Collective Security Treaty Organization and Shanghai Cooperation Organization. We will continue our efforts to implement these institutions’ objectives in ensuring peace and security.

It is worthwhile noting about the upgraded and  expanded cooperation between the Central Asian countries during the recent years in general.  In its turn, this made it possible to ensure improved quality cooperation and coordination between the security agencies of our countries. Tajikistan welcomes this process of the development of relations between the countries of Central Asia and is committed to strengthen and  expand its cooperation with all neighboring countries.

I have to note that arranging this Conference jointly with the United Nations, Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, European Union and other partners proves the commitment of Tajikistan for cooperation on countering and prevention of security threats and challenges at all levels.

Distinguished Participants!

Tajikistan became the target of destructive actions by terrorists and extremists with the support of its so called foreign supporters at the early 90s of the 20th century – as early as at the beginning of establishment of sovereign state. At that time international terrorist and extremist organizations transformed our country into the field of test of their deadly power and the target of their antihuman objectives. At that period Tajikistan faced all tragic events taking place in Iraq, Syria, Yemen and Afghanistan currently.

The offscreen sordid motives of the original initiators of those devastating actions and their sponsors, which originated from extremism and terrorism ideas, was to impose a strange culture and medieval thinking on our people via force and murder and create an Islamic state in Tajikistan. In the aftermath of the imposed chaos and civil war hundreds of thousands of our citizens  were killed and more than one million of peaceful people lost their residences and became refugees.

However, thanks to our long-standing civilization and  culture we managed to arrange a wide dialogue and ensure national peace and unity. The dedication and courage of the Tajik nation in protection of its borders, ancient cultural and civilization values, its strong will for peace and creative and constructive activities made it possible to prevent the actions of internal and foreign terrorists and extremists in our newly independent country. Building upon our peace-building experience, alongside with severe counteraction to terrorism and extremism we strongly support the peaceful resolution of the current disputes and conflicts within the framework of norms acknowledged by the international community.

Distinguished Friends!

The history and harrowing experience of many countries, including Tajikistan witnessed that only cooperation and joint actions will make it possible to win in the fight against evil forces and global threats. However, sadly so far the International community has not unanimous position on definitions of terrorism and extremism.

In my opinion, the double standards policy is not acceptable for effective countering terrorism and violent extremism and radicalization at all. In contrary, such a positioning leads to further geographic expansion of the unpredictable ways and forms of these dangerous threats, because terrorism and extremism neither acknowledge border nor they do state.

This is the reason, currently the terrorist and extremist groups unite with radicalized religious and nationalist organizations and other criminal bodies and commit violence, murders, religious, race-based conflicts and even conflict of civilizations in various parts of the world.

In this context, we are also clearly concerned that the terrorists and extremists misuse the sacred Islam to disseminate their Islamophobic ideas and promote hatred of muslims.

This way of discreditation of Islam with more than 1.5 bn followers throughout the world decently contributing to the development of civilized world, may cause dangerous aftermath.

Accordingly, to prevent Islamophobia, we need to expand the environment of trust, tolerance and mutual understanding between the socieites and civilizations, which in its turn will increase our possibilities for countering the current threats and challenges.

With this regard, I have emphasized many times and I would like to reiterate that the terrorists and extremists do not have any motherland, nation and religion.

The terrorist is terrorist and s/he cannot be insider or outsider, or tolerant and radicalized.

The global nature of the terrorism and extremism threat seriously requires us to have identical position and define and adopt unified definitions of these two terms.

Ladies and Gentlemen!

Currently due to insecure situation in various parts of the world the security threat to our region is also growing. Our country, due to its geographical location, is in the frontline of countering the current threats and challenges. Everybody knows that peace and stability in Central Asia directly depends on the security situation in Afghanistan.

Tajikistan with its long border with Afghanistan (more than 1400km), cannot be indifferent with regard to the current situation in this friendly neighboring country, including in its northern parts.

We still in the 90s of the last century emphasized the need for immediate solution to the challenges faced by our neighboring Afghanistan many times via the platform of international and regional organizations, including the United Nations.

Unfortunately, during specific discussions some high-ranking politicians used to say that it was our and the region’s challenge, but not theirs. In addition, they thought that the causes of this challenge was the unfair competition between the ethnical groups and tribes in the region. However, the time showed that all of our warnings were true and it is the political indifference, due to which the then challenges transformed into the global threats and challenges. Only after the horrifying 9/11 terrorist attack in New York the countries of the world understood the seriousness of the issue and focused on it. However, it is already difficult to prevent this unpleasant phenomenon, which already became a global case.

This statement can be proved by the fact that if previously representatives of almost 15 countries served as warriors for Taliban, now citizens of more than 100 countries joined and fight for the ISIS and other terrorist groups. According to the available information the number of warriors of the terrorist groups deployed in Iraq and Syria reached almost 100 000 and a part of them were killed within antiterrorist operations.

In this regard, a question comes to mind that where is the rest of those warriors and which countries and organizations they are in touch with? We are concerned that a part of them already returned to their countries or are on their way back home and they can cause threat in their own countries.

We already witnessed that even small terrorist groups managed to commit terrorist attacks in a number of European countries and caused death of people and instability.

I have to emphasize that after the antiterrorist operations in Syria and Iraq members of individual extremist and terrorist groups came to Afghanistan and transformed this country into the field of international terrorism war.  We are seriously concerned with the expansion of operations of the terrorist and radicalized groups such as the ISIS, Al-Qaeda, Taliban and other unions in addition to the illicit drug smuggling in this country, including in its areas bordering with Tajikistan.

Tajikistan supports the international community’s efforts on comprehensive solution to the Afghan case. We believe it is very important to provide timely assistance to the people of Afghanistan particularly in its decade of transition (2015-2024) within all possible dialogues and interventions. We think that support to socio-economic development of Afghanistan is one of the effective ways for revival of peace and stability in this country. Therefore, we would like to call on the international community to increase their hands-on assistance to support Afghanistan in this process and thereby improve the security situation in this country.

In this regard, I would like to emphasize once again that it is impossible to win the terrorism and extremism through military actions only. In this process, we believe it is very important to constantly focus on the social aspects of the growth of this phenomenon.

Poverty, unemployment, low level of literacy and social protection of population are among the factors urging people to go into violent ideas to seek for social justice. Accordingly, it is the requirement of the time-being that the advanced economies of the world need to pay more attention to support the needy countries in terms of necessary economic, financial and technological support within socio-economic programs.

Dear Guests!

One of the causes of extremism and terrorism expansion is the wide application of the latest information technologies by terrorist organizations, particularly the use of internet for promotion of extremist ideas, recruitment of new members and preparation for and management of their devastating acts. Therefore, strengthening of international and regional cooperation, including exchange in information about the effective ways and forms of tracking these websites, excluding them from internet and providing mutual support in this area is an important criterion of success in the fight against cybercrime.

Illicit drug trafficking, which is one of the main sources of terrorism and extremism funding, is among the global challenges. Fight against this phenomenon by the international community urges to undertake immediate measures and joint interventions with the use of all possible ways and tools. Improved coordination and support to the countries in the front line of counteraction to drug trafficking is the requirement of the present time.

Tajikistan, having understood this global threat, has been making significant efforts to counter the illicit drug smuggling for many years. Since 1994 our law enforcement and military agencies confiscated more than 120 tons of narcotics.

Tajikistan drafted and adopted its National Counter Narcotics Strategy, which is a preventive document and includes an action program covering bilateral, regional and multilateral cooperation. This Paper, bearing in mind the close connection between the illicit drug trafficking and the terrorism, extremism and radicalization, aims to eliminate the causes of this phenomenon in the society.

Distinguished Heads of Delegation,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

At the conclusion I would like to once again welcome you to Tajikistan and wish you enjoy your stay in our country.

May I also wish good luck to participants of the forum today good luck in their discussions and deliberations.

I believe that the outcomes of this Conference will make it possible to expand our cooperation in the field of joint counteraction to terrorism and extremism and ensure a world free of dangerous phenomena of the century.

Thank you for your attention.

 
04.05.2018 | Meeting with the Minister of State for External Affairs of India Mubashir Javed Akbar

 

On the sidelines of the High-level International Conference on “Countering Terrorism and Preventing Violent Extremism” the Founder of Peace and National Unity – Leader of the Nation, President of the Republic of Tajikistan Emomali Rahmon received the Minister of State for External Affairs of India Mubashir Javed Akbar.

President of the country Emomali Rahmon emphasized that current state of the Tajik-Indian cooperation in all areas being of mutual interest is developing positively and we are interested in further expansion of multilateral relationships with friendly India.

Realization of concrete joint projects and programs in the spheres of agriculture, energy, industry, science and technology, tourism, healthcare, transportation, as well as cultural and humanitarian spheres were called among the priority areas of bilateral cooperation.

During the meeting, it was stressed that Tajikistan is making efforts to implement its fundamental national and regional plans, especially in the areas of energy, transportation, construction of railways and highways, power plants, and the creation of frontier markets.

The two sides stated that the creation of joint ventures for the production of domestic products, including salt, sugar, juices, processing of vegetables and fruits, various minerals and pharmaceuticals would facilitate the trade and economic growth of the two nations.

Cooperation in the spheres of science, education, culture, tourism and cinematography was called among other broad opportunities for bilateral cooperation.

The talks also included a substantive exchange of views on Tajik – Indian position in resolving urgent issues in addressing challenges and threats facing the modern world - countering transnational organized crime, illicit drug trafficking and preventing terrorism, promoting regional security, resolving issues concerning Afghanistan and other issues being of mutual interest.

 
27.04.2018 | Meeting with the First Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan Askar Mamin

The Founder of Peace and National Unity - Leader of the Nation, President of the Republic of Tajikistan Emomali Rahmon received the First Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan Askar Mamin, who is in Dushanbe on a working visit.

The discussion covered state and prospects of development of various aspects of the Tajik-Kazakh strategic partnership as well as outlining the ways of its future expansion.

The two sides expressed satisfaction over the positive trends that have prevailed in bilateral relations between their countries. Emomali Rahmon and Askar Mamin praised the successful results of recent official visit of the President of Tajikistan to Astana.

The implementation of the agreements reached following the latest summit meetings between President Emomali Rahmon and President Nursultan Nazarbayev in Astana was assessed important.

President of the country Emomali Rahmon emphasized the need in a more and speedy implementation of cooperation packages, including the Agreement on the order of the stay of citizens of the two countries on each other's territory.

The sides also discussed the issue of increasing economic growth within the framework of co-chairmanship of the Intergovernmental Commission on Economic Cooperation between Tajikistan and Kazakhstan.

The interlocutors also discussed strengthening trade and economic ties, diversifying trade, developing ties among regions, expanding cooperation in the field of mining and light industry, especially in the energy and tourism sectors, agriculture, and also in other spheres of the real sector of the economy.

The further expansion of bilateral cooperation in the areas of communication, transportation/ transit, rational use of water and energy resources was the other subject of discussion.

The issues of strengthening of cooperation in the field of security, culture, education, and the humanitarian sphere were also discussed.

The head of state Emomali Rahmon highly assessed latest (consultative) meeting of the Heads of Central Asian countries in the domain of developing regional cooperation and considered important its results for solving regional problems.

The parties reaffirmed their readiness to expand cooperation aimed at removing all barriers to the development of interstate relations.

During the meeting, other issues being of mutual interest were also reviewed.

 
10.03.2018 | Joint statement of the President of the Republic of Tajikistan Emomali Rahmon and the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev on strengthening friendship and neighborliness

 
28.03.2018 | The article of the President of the Republic of Tajikistan in the journal UN Chronicle, entitled "Water for Sustainable Development"

Water plays a crucial role in the development of mankind. From time immemorial people have settled near water, which has always been a source of life and well-being. Humanity has praised and glorified it as a sacred resource for thousands of years.

 

Today, due to rapid population growth, economic development and other challenges that impact the natural resources, the value of water has increased dramatically.

In my statement at the First Asia-Pacific Water Summit in 2007, I noted that “...the world development trends suggest that the cost of water might exceed the cost of oil, gas, coal and other natural resources essential for the sustainable future of each country and region”. Numerous studies conducted over the past 10 years proved, with facts and figures, the accuracy of that statement and encouraged the international community to focus on addressing water issues.

As an essential resource for sustainable development, water has been included in numerous documents and strategies for development at the regional, national and global levels. As a result, various aspects of water issues were incorporated into the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Such an accomplishment was made possible thanks to the hard work and tireless efforts of various stakeholders.

I am pleased and proud that my country, the Republic of Tajikistan, has made and continues to make a substantial contribution to this process. From 2000 to 2016, at the initiative of Tajikistan, the United Nations General Assembly adopted seven resolutions on water. Among them are International Year of Freshwater (2003);1 International Decade for Action, “Water for Life”, 2005-2015;2 International Year of Water Cooperation, 2013;3 and International Decade for Action, “Water for Sustainable Development”, 2018-2028;4 which deserve special attention. Throughout this period, Tajikistan has repeatedly provided a platform for discussing global water issues.

We continue pursuing this course by actively promoting water issues identified in the 2030 Agenda. As a member of the High-level Panel on Water, Tajikistan, in cooperation with other panel members, has proposed a number of initiatives and is advancing them by demonstrating political leadership and commitment. The recently published outcome document of the Panel calls for further mobilization of efforts of all stakeholders, especially political leaders, in the adoption and implementation of measures aimed at ensuring the sustainable use and management of water resources. The Friends of Water group, established at the initiative of Tajikistan in 2010, currently comprises 51 United Nations Member States, making a significant contribution to the ongoing discussion of water-related issues, as well as to the adoption of relevant decisions within the framework of the United Nations General Assembly.

Tajikistan has also been an important player in solving water problems at the regional level. About 60 per cent of water resources of the rivers in Central Asia (the Aral Sea basin) are formed in Tajikistan, and our country generously shares this vital resource with our neighbours. Tajikistan is a co-founder of the International Fund for Saving the Aral Sea and its two commissions, the Interstate Commission for Water Coordination (ICWC) and the Interstate Commission on Sustainable Development (ICSD), which provide platforms for discussing urgent transboundary water issues in the region.

In Central Asia, where the water source mainly originates from within the territories of the two upstream countries—Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan—and the lion’s share of this water is used by the downstream countries—Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan—intergovernmental water cooperation is the key not only for addressing water problems and issues of social and economic development, but also for ensuring peace, stability and security.

Water cooperation acquires even more significance today against the backdrop of the ever-increasing impact on the region of challenges such as climate change and population growth. For instance, in Central Asia in the 1960s per capita water supply was equal to 8.4 thousand m3 per year, while today it has experienced a fourfold decrease, accounting for up to 2.1 thousand m3 per year. This amount exceeds the global indicators by almost eight times.

Meanwhile, the population growth rate in the region, at more than 2 per cent per year, is among the highest in the world, and freshwater resources are steadily depleting.

According to experts, the Central Asian glaciers, which are the main source of water for the rivers in the region, have been diminishing on average by 0.6 to 0.8 per cent per year in terms of glacial area, and by 0.1 per cent per year in terms of ice volume. The current situation demands that urgent measures be undertaken to adapt to the dramatic effects of climate change and to promote the sustainable management of water resources in the region. This can be achieved only through the coordinated actions of all countries involved in constructive regional cooperation, with due consideration to their respective interests, the improvement of the institutional and legal framework, and a significant increase in investment in infrastructure.

The introduction of integrated water resources management (IWRM) at both the regional and national levels is an essential component of this process. Tajikistan has already begun reforming its water sector, taking into account the basic principles of IWRM, including the introduction of basin water resources management. To this end, in 2015, the Government of the Republic of Tajikistan adopted the Water Sector Reform Programme for the period of 2016-2025. It is aimed at improving the legal framework and institutional mechanisms, developing infrastructure and creating a relevant base of implementation tools, including database and information systems, scientific and research works, capacity development and other water management tools.

In Tajikistan, where over 95 per cent of electricity is generated by hydroelectric power stations, water and energy are closely interrelated. Development of agriculture is also primarily based on the use of water resources, since more than 80 per cent of agricultural products are produced through irrigation.

It is also important to note the negative impact of climate change that causes water-related disasters such as floods and mudflows. Providing the population with access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation remains the top priority for the water sector. This issue is especially urgent in rural areas, where over 70 per cent of the country’s population lives. Accordingly, water, among other key issues, is given priority in the National Development Strategy of the Republic of Tajikistan for the Period up to 2030. To systematize all water-related goals and objectives of sustainable development, the country is currently drafting its 2030 National Water Strategy. A new draft of the Water Code of the Republic of Tajikistan that accounts for current trends and requirements has been introduced and is currently under consideration. The human right to safe drinking water and sanitation is given priority in these documents.

Numerous studies and analyses of the impact of global challenges such as climate change, population growth and urbanization have been done. It is clear that these challenges will affect global demand for fresh water. By 2030 it will increase by 50 per cent, creating a 40 per cent deficit in available freshwater resources.

According to various institutions and experts, over 844 million people in the world still do not have access to safe drinking water, 1.8 billion people drink water from sources contaminated by faeces, and 2.4 billion people do not have access to improved sanitation. It is projected that by 2050, 2.3 billion more people will be living in regions with increased stress on water resources.

A significant impact of climate change is manifested in the form of water-related natural disasters. Between 2000 and 2016, due to floods and landslides, over 107,000 people died. According to preliminary estimates, by 2050, the value of assets that will be subject to risk because of floods, may amount to $45 trillion. One of the serious consequences of such phenomena is the destruction and disabling of various infrastructure of the national economy.

There are many other problems and challenges that exacerbate the current situation and undermine our efforts to achieve the SDGs. These trends will persist in the coming decades and humanity needs to take all necessary measures to address them.

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Addis Ababa Action Agenda of the Third International Conference on Financing for Development, the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030, and the Paris Agreement have already laid a solid foundation for further advancement of water issues at various levels. However, political will, mobilization of efforts of all stakeholders and adequate approaches and tools are required for their successful implementation.

In our view, a number of issues must be taken into consideration before further steps are made in this direction.

1. Financing. The financial and economic crises of recent years continue to negatively affect the efforts of Member States to ensure adequate financing for the water sector. In this regard, support of initiatives aimed at improving financing for the water sector, including the use of existing global investment funds, such as the Green Climate Fund, is essential and timely. This is especially relevant for developing countries. It is estimated that an investment of $15 to $30 billion in improving water management in developing countries could yield an immediate economic gain of up to $60 billion. In this context, increased funding for the water sector from the state budget acquires special significance. It should also be noted that despite a steady increase in the share of official development assistance (ODA) in the water sector, the total amount allocated for ODA remains unchanged and has not exceeded 5 per cent since 2005.

2. Investment and infrastructure. Modernization of existing infrastructure and the building of a new one, as well as the integration of new technologies, will undoubtedly play a key role in ensuring reliable regulation and effective use of water resources, therefore making a significant contribution to improved water security. For example, the construction of large and medium-sized reservoirs and hydropower plants allows for a reliable regulation of run-off during climate variability, generates inexpensive and environmentally sound electricity, protects territories and population from mudflows and floods, assists in mitigating the effects of drought and significantly reduces carbon dioxide emissions into the atmosphere. A properly designed infrastructure project can help resolve an entire range of problems. The private sector can play an important role in this process by creating public-private partnerships and other mechanisms.

3. The transition to “green growth “ and the nexus approach. As a renewable source of energy, water significantly contributes to ensuring green growth, which presupposes that the economy will gradually refuse to use non-renewable sources of energy. Today, hydropower accounts for about 20 per cent of the world’s electricity production. Meanwhile, available resources and opportunities can allow to significantly increase this number. An integrated approach is necessary for addressing the issues of population growth, such as an increase in food and electricity production, and meeting other needs. For this reason, the transition to integrated water resources management and the application of the nexus approach are essential to achieving these goals.

4. Involvement of all stakeholders. The establishment of a multilateral partnership mechanism involving all stakeholders in the discussion of water-related issues will ensure balanced decisions, with due consideration to everyone’s interests. Women can play a vital role in this process.

5. Transboundary cooperation issues. The development of water diplomacy is a key tool for resolving intergovernmental water-related issues. A total of 145 countries are located in international river basins, and the well-being of their populations depends on the availability of well-established water cooperation. Lack of such cooperation poses serious risks and costs, leaving many problems unresolved, which has a negative impact on the economic and social situations in countries that share common river basins.

The outcome document of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), “The future we want”, identified improved water resources management as the basis for achieving sustainable development. The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development included an SDG dedicated to water. As a logical continuation of these ideas, the Republic of Tajikistan made a proposal to declare the period from 2018 to 2028 as the International Decade for Action, “Water for Sustainable Development”, which was unanimously supported by all United Nations Member States. The Decade will provide an important platform for political dialogue and the exchange of information and experience, becoming an important tool for promoting the achievement of internationally agreed goals and targets related to water resources, including those contained in the 2030 Agenda.

We are confident that the international community will take advantage of the opportunities provided by the new International Decade for Action and address water-related issues at all levels, including the achievement of the water-related goals and objectives of sustainable development.

Notes
1 A/RES/55/196.
2 A/RES/58/217.
3 A/RES/65/154.
4 A/RES/71/222.

UN Chronicle: Water for Sustainable Development

 
14.03.2018 | Top-level talks between Tajikistan and Kazakhstan

 

The official welcoming ceremony of the President of the Republic of Tajikistan, Leader of the Nation Emomali Rahmon, who has arrived in Kazakhstan on an official visit, took place at the Akorda presidential palace. After the ceremony, Presidents Emomali Rahmon and Nursultan Nazarbayev had a meeting in narrow format and were later joined by members of their delegations.

At the beginning of the meeting, the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Nursultan Nazarbayev presented to the Leader of the Nation Emomali Rahmon the Order of Parasat for making worthy contribution to the development and expansion of friendly relations between Tajikistan and Kazakhstan.

The head of state expressed his gratitude for the warm and cordial reception accorded to them by the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev.

The Leader of the Nation also expressed his sincere gratitude to the President of Kazakhstan for awarding the state decoration of the Republic of Kazakhstan – the Order of Parasat and confidently noted that this visit and its results will give efforts to create favorable conditions for expanding bilateral ties in a comprehensive manner for the benefit of peoples of both countries.

"Relations with Kazakhstan occupy a special place in our foreign policy, and we are interested in their progressive development. On marking the 25th Anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations, we can say with satisfaction that during this period, political trust was strengthened between our countries, and we laid important legal base for our bilateral cooperation”, stressed the President of the Republic of Tajikistan, Emomali Rahmon.

The Head of state Emomali Rahmon noted with a good deal of satisfaction that relying on these achievements we have struck up a strategic partnership.

It was noted that the socio-economic, political and cultural achievements of Kazakhstan were achieved thanks to the wise and far-sighted policy of Nursultan Nazarbayev.

In narrow format the two sides expressed their satisfaction on cooperation within the framework of international organizations and emphasized their commitment to initiatives of the parties for development of the interregional cooperation and ensuring security and stability in accordance with the interests of all countries of the region.

The holding of the consultative meeting of heads of state of Central Asia in Kazakhstan capital – Astana was called a new form of regional cooperation between Asian nations. President of the Republic of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev pointed out that Kazakhstan fully supports Global initiatives of the President of the Republic of Tajikistan about water-related problems. Dushanbe will host the High Level Conference on International Decade for Action “Water for Sustainable Development, 2018-2028" and Kazakhstani side will take an active part in it – noted Nursultan Nazarbayev.

During the discussion of international issues, the two sides shared common position and integration between their states in resolving pressing regional and international issues within important organisations such as the UN, OSCE, CIS, CSTO and SCO.

It was also stressed that Tajikistan is ready to assume the chairmanship of the Conference on Interaction and Confidence-Building Measures in Asia (CICA).

The discussion with official delegations of the two countries covered a wide range of trade and economic cooperation, mining, energy, transportation, information and communication technology (ICT), finance and credit. In this context, the two sides considered necessity of strengthening activities of the Interstate Commission for Economic Cooperation between Tajikistan and Kazakhstan.

During the talks, the sides also expressed satisfaction with the increase in trade between the two countries, which last year amounted to more than $ 800 million, as well as from strengthening trade and economic ties. It was stressed that Kazakhstan in terms of commodity turnover with Tajikistan among foreign trade partners took the second place.

Particularly was emphasized the worthy contribution of Nursultan Nazarbayev on reaching mutual agreement on increasing the export of agricultural products from Tajikistan to Kazakhstan. It was believed that through this way it is possible to raise the volume of trade to the level of a billion dollars.

The two sides affirmed their readiness on holding of Exhibitions of Products, Business Forums, establishing direct trade/investment ties between regions and business entities.

The talks took place in a atmosphere of friendship and mutual understanding, on that the sides also discussed issues of development and expansion of friendly cooperation and partnership in other priority areas, in particular, in transportation tariff policy, increase in the volumes of cargo transportation via routes of Kazakhstan, and opening direct flights between the capitals of the two countries.

Taking into account the leading position of Tajikistan towards the use of water resources, the integration to ensure the environment protection and reach energy independence, it was noted that both countries should expand beneficial cooperation for the export of electricity from Tajikistan to Kazakhstan.

Tajik – Kazakh Investment Cooperation was also stressed as one of the priority areas of the two countries. It was stressed that currently more than 80 joint ventures are operating in Tajikistan, and there are similar enterprises in Kazakhstan with the participation of Tajik investors. Strengthening of cooperation will actively contribute to the creation of a favorable investment climate for the development of the economy, industry, energy, transport and agriculture sphere. The establishment of processing of agricultural products in free economic zones and their export to other countries was also seen as an advantageous step for the economy of Tajikistan and Kazakhstan.

The two sides also discussed further expansion of cooperation in the sphere of tourism, visa policy, and people – to- people contacts, healthcare, education and science.

During the discussion of international issues, special attention was paid to close cooperation in the fight against terrorism, extremism, drug trafficking and other forms of transnational organised crime. The fruitful cooperation of law enforcement agencies was in focus of the sides and they agreed to further coordinate their efforts in this regard.

The parties once again stressed their firm and unchanging position in the fight against challenges and threats, their readiness to provide active assistance for establishing of peace and stability and development of the economy of the neighboring country - Afghanistan.

Following the talks, the two presidents witnessed the signing of a number of documents.

Emomali Rahmon and Nursultan Nazarbayev adopted a Joint Declaration.

Executive protocol on the implementation of the Agreement between the Government of the Republic of Tajikistan and the Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan on readmission;

Agreement between the Government of the Republic of Tajikistan and the Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan on the procedure for the stay of citizens of the Republic of Tajikistan on the territory of the Republic of Kazakhstan and citizens of the Republic of Kazakhstan on the territory of the Republic of Tajikistan;

Program of cooperation between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Tajikistan and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan for 2018-2019;

Memorandum of Understanding between the Ministry of Healthcare and Social Protection of Population of the Republic of Tajikistan and the Ministry of Labor and Social Protection of the Republic of Kazakhstan on the intentions of cooperation in the social sphere;

Memorandum of Understanding between the Ministry of Healthcare and Social Protection of Population of the Republic of Tajikistan and the Ministry of Labor and Social Protection of the Republic of Kazakhstan on the intentions of cooperation in the field of labor and employment;

Memorandum of Understanding on Cooperation between the Committee for Religious Affairs, Observing National Traditions and Rituals under the Government of the Republic of Tajikistan and the Ministry of Religious and Civil Society Affairs Republic of Kazakhstan;

Memorandum of Understanding on Cooperation between the Agency on Public Procurement of Goods, Works and Services under the Government of the Republic of Tajikistan and the Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Kazakhstan;

Memorandum of Understanding on Cooperation between the Committee for Tourism Development under the Government of the Republic of Tajikistan and the Kazakh Tourism National Company.

Memorandum of Understanding on cooperation between the Civil Service Agency under the President of the Republic of Tajikistan and the National Anticorruption Bureau Ministry of Public service affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan in public service sphere.

Emomali Rahmon and Nursultan Nazarbayev held a joint press conference.

 
15.03.2018 | Participation in the Working meeting of the Heads of State of Central Asian countries

 

The Founder of Peace and National Unity – Leader of the Nation, President of the Republic of Tajikistan Emomali Rahmon attended a Working (Consultative) meeting of the Heads of State of Central Asian countries.

The meeting that is taking place in the Kazakhstan capital – Astana is being attended by President of the Republic of Tajikistan Emomali Rahmon, President of the Republic of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev, President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev, President of the Kyrgyz Republic Sooronbay Jeenbekov and Chairman of the Assembly of Turkmenistan Akja Nurberdiýewa.

The Consultative Meeting agenda included Central Asian nations' cooperation in all spheres of common interests.

In his address President of Tajikistan Emomali Rahmon noted that Central Asia is a region with extensive untapped natural resources, transport-and-communication and human capacities. In this regard, he expressed hope that the region's potential should be used efficiently and reasonably for the benefit of the peoples of the region.

Moreover, the growing challenges and threats confronting the security of states such as terrorism, extremism, drug trafficking, transnational organized crime and religious radicalism require the CA states to use all mechanisms for effective and prompt response to fight against them.

The President of Tajikistan Emomali Rahmon expressed his readiness to use all opportunities to strengthen cooperation between the CA nations.

The head of Tajikistan noted that the region has a huge untapped potential for fostering development of trade and economic relationships.

In this context, the President of Tajikistan Emomali Rahmon reportedly pointed to the necessity of all appropriate measures to identify and eliminate existing barriers to ensure the free movement of people, exchange of goods, labor and capital. The effective use of the transport-and-communication and transit potential has been called beneficial for the parties.

Rational and targeted use of water and energy resources was called as one of the main directions of cooperation between the Central Asian states. It would be a key factor for prosperity and sustainable development of the region.

In this regard, President Emomali Rahmon noted that "I repeatedly in my address to the United Nations and in my annual messages to Majlisi Oli have been noting that “Tajikistan has never created and will never create water-use-related problems to its neighbors. Today, I want to stress once again that we will never leave our neighbors without water. I believe that an open dialogue, the strengthening of mutual understanding and the development of constructive cooperation would contribute to the achievement of our objectives in this area. "

The head of state expressed interest in developing regional partnership in the sphere of rational and targeted use of water and energy resources.

According to him, the existing hydropower facilities would provide a solution to the region's energy and water problems.

Emomali Rahmon also spoke for expanding contacts in the cultural, humanitarian and scientific and technical spheres.

Leader of the Nation noted that strengthening cooperation in this area should be important factor for the further spiritual and cultural rapprochement of the countries and peoples of the region.

Following his address, the President of our country expressed hope that the results of the consultative meeting will be a factor in strengthening of beneficial process to ensure decent living standards for all Central Asian citizens.

The Heads of State of Central Asian countries adopted a Joint Declaration on the celebration of the International Navruz holiday.

 


 
01.03.2018 | Approval of 2018 International Navruz holiday emblem

The President of the Republic of Tajikistan, the Founder of Peace and National Unity – Leader of the Nation Emomali Rahmon approved the emblem of the 2018 International Navruz holiday.

The emblem has a round shape; in its center is featured a globe, surrounded by the National Flag and the spring messengers – sumanak (Tajik national spring tasty food), swallows and rainbows with the inscription in Tajik and English "Navruz-2018".

The emblem may be widely used as a symbol of the International 2018 Navruz holiday by ministries and agencies, organizations and institutions, executive bodies of state authority of provinces, cities and districts, and mass media.

 

 

 
02.02.2018 | Top-level talks between Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan

The Founder of Peace and National Unity – Leader of the Nation, President of the Republic of Tajikistan Emomali Rahmon held talks in the Palace of Nation with President of Kyrgyz Republic Sooronbay Jeenbekov, who is in Tajikistan on an official visit.

Participants in the limited attendance talks discussed issues related to the development of friendly relations and multilateral cooperation. Following the talks, consultations were held with the participation of the delegations.

Before the expanded talks, the President of the Republic of Tajikistan, Emomali Rahmon, welcomed the President of the Kyrgyz Republic and representative delegation accompanying him to Tajikistan.

The Head of State pointed out that the first official visit of President of Kyrgyzstan to Tajikistan takes place as we mark the 25th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations. We will make sure that by joint efforts this visit can raise multilateral cooperation between Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan to a higher level.

In a limited attendance talks the two sides expressed their satisfaction with the prominent development in the Tajikistani – Kyrgyzstani relations.

In order to boost cooperation, the sides expressed their mutual desire to continue effectiveness of the existence of legal base in the field of policy, inter-parliamentary ties, trade, and economic, scientific, cultural and humanitarian cooperation would be in the interests of the peoples of both countries.

The two sides looked in detail at the further expansion of integration and partnership within international and regional organisations, such as the UN, OSCE, SCO, CIS and CSTO.

During the consultations attended by delegation members other issues being of mutual interest were discussed.

The two sides affirmed their readiness to further expand cooperation in important economic sectors such as mining and light industries, manufacturing of construction materials, joint processing of fruits and vegetable and the creation of favorable conditions for the transit of goods.

The two sides also suggested activating the activity of the Tajik - Kyrgyz intergovernmental commission on trade and economic cooperation to deepen bilateral cooperation between the two nation’s business community representatives.

It was noted that overall volume of trade between Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan is insufficient. For its growth, it was important to effectively use the existing large resources in economic cooperation in the interests of the peoples of the two states.

While addressing issues related to cross-border problems, with the aim of ensuring security and creating good and lasting neighborhood relations, the two sides suggested activating the work of Intergovernmental commission for delimitation and demarcation of common border.

The parties also discussed issues related to strengthening interstate cooperation in the field of hydropower, targeted use of water resources and joint investments in the implementation of CASA-1000 power project.

The sides exchanged useful opinions to continue cooperation within the framework of existing rules of international relations, in particular the UN General Assembly’s resolution on “International Decade for Action “Water for Sustainable Development” 2018-2028 was adopted, which was introduced by the initiative of Tajikistan. In this regard, it was stressed that the development of interstate cooperation in the field of water and energy resources should be an important factor in ensuring the economic and social development of states.

The two sides affirmed their readiness to creating transport path to entering the global market, designated border crossings and construction of regional railways and highways.

The sides also exchanged views on activating the work of the inter-parliamentary Friendship Group of Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan and strengthening ties between scientific and creative circles, educational and cultural institutions. They also noted on creating conditions for cooperation in such areas as health, sports and tourism.

The sides expressed their readiness in strengthening interstate cooperation in such areas - regional security and stability, finding solutions to the problems faced by international Community, combating international terrorism and extremism, as well as other organized transnational crimes.

A number of documents were signed in the two leaders’ presence following the Tajikistani-Kyrgyzstani talks.

President of Tajikistan Emomali Rahmon and President of Kyrgyz Republic Sooronbay Jeenbekov adopted a Joint Declaration.

-The Agreement between the Government of the Republic of Tajikistan and the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic on the Rules of Stay of Citizens of the Republic of Tajikistan in the Kyrgyz Republic and Citizens of the Kyrgyz Republic in the Republic of Tajikistan.

- The Program of Trade and Economic Cooperation between Government of the Republic of Tajikistan and the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic.

-The Agreement on cooperation between the Ministry of Healthcare and Social Protection of population of the Republic of Tajikistan and the Ministry of Health of the Kyrgyz Republic in the field of health.

-The Agreement on Cooperation between the Agency for State Financial Control and Combating Corruption of the Republic of Tajikistan and the State Service for Combating Economic Crimes under the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic (financial police) "On cooperation in the field of combating financial and economic crimes".

-The Agreement on cooperation between the Committee on Television and Radio Broadcasting under the Government of the Republic of Tajikistan and the Ministry of Culture, Information and Tourism of the Kyrgyz Republic.

-The Program of Cooperation between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Tajikistan and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kyrgyz Republic for 2018-2020.

-Agreement between the Higher Attestation Commission under the President of the Republic of Tajikistan and the Higher Attestation Commission of the Kyrgyz Republic on cooperation in the field of Certification of Scientific and Pedagogical Personnel of the Highest Qualification.

- The Plan of Cooperation between Sughd Province of the Republic of Tajikistan and the Batken Province of the Kyrgyz Republic on Neighborly Relations and Friendship for 2017-2020.

The two presidents made press statements following signing of documents on cooperation.

 
18.01.2018 | Meeting of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Tajikistan with the UN Secretary-General

On 18 January 2018 in New York the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Tajikistan H.E. Mr. Sirodjidin Aslov met with the UN Secretary-General H.E. Mr. Antonio Guterres.

At the meeting, the parties discussed the key issues of cooperation between Tajikistan and the United Nations, including the issues of social and economic development of the country and the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals.

The parties also discussed the International Conference on the implementation of the International Decade “Water for sustainable development, 2018-2028”, which will be held in Dushanbe in June 2018.

 
19.01.2018 | The meeting of the Minister of Foreign Affairs with the Administrator of the UNDP

On 18 January 2018 the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Tajikistan H.E. Mr. Sirodjidin Aslov met with the Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Mr. Achim Steiner.

At the meeting the issues of cooperation of the Republic of Tajikistan with the UNDP, including implementation of the UNDP projects directed at the social and economic development of Tajikistan, as well as assistance of UNDP in implementation of sustainable development programs of Tajikistan were discussed.

 

 
10.01.2018 | Meeting with the Prime Minister of the Republic of Uzbekistan Abdulla Aripov

The Founder of Peace and National Unity – Leader of the Nation, President of the Republic of Tajikistan Emomali Rahmon met at the government residence with the Prime Minister of the Republic of Uzbekistan Abdulla Aripov, who is in Tajikistan on a working visit.

During the substantive and productive talks the parties have expressed their willingness that the results of the meetings of the Tajik – Uzbek Intergovernmental Commissions on Trade and Economic Cooperation and Inter-State Border issues being held in the capital of Tajikistan, Dushanbe, are an important factor in strengthening friendly relations between the two neighboring countries.

It was stressed that the Tajik side attaches paramount importance to development and expansion of interstate relations with Uzbekistan. In this context, the two friendly and fraternal states shall make more efforts to reach a high level of relations in the coming years.

In a friendly atmosphere and in the spirit of mutual understanding, the two sides had in-depth exchange of views on bilateral Tajik – Uzbek cooperation, in particular the issues related to removing obstacles in the way of bilateral trade, simplifying travel regime for nationals of both countries, reducing tariffs for movement of goods, the restoration of railways, clearing landmines on Tajik-Uzbek border, reopening border crossing points (BCPs), and other issues related to inter-state border.

The head of state Emomali Rahmon underlined his willingness to strengthen intergovernmental cooperation with Uzbekistan on the rational use of water and energy resources, and added that “Tajikistan has never tried to create problems for the countries of the region on this issue, on the contrary, advocated for integrating the world and regional community in addressing water and environmental problems”.

The holding of Tajik – Uzbek Culture Days, the creation of an exhibition of products of industrial enterprises and the Tajik – Uzbek Business Forum in both countries, as well as the establishment of air transportation between Dushanbe and Tashkent were assessed the most important steps of the heads of two friendly and fraternal countries and close neighbors over the past year, which played an important role in boosting their economic, trade, cultural and humanitarian relationships.

The meeting also discussed issues of bilateral cooperation in addressing combating undesirable threats in the region and the world, including terrorism, extremism and other transnational crimes.

Both sides expressed their sincere hope that the friendly relationship between Tajikistan and Uzbekistan would be further developed in all areas of interest.

 

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