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Foreign Minister Meets Tajik Foreign Minister

DUSHANBE – Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani met with Foreign Minister of Tajikistan Sirojiddin Muhriddin.

Having appreciated the participation of Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani, Mr. Muhriddin expressed his expectation for Afghanistan’s participation in the SIKA summit to be held in Dushanbe in June.

Foreign Minister of Tajikistan said, “We want prosperity in Afghanistan and understand the situation there. As our president said, there is no good and bad terrorism, and it should be fought based on a planned program.”

Mr. Sirojiddin also mentioned the seventh intergovernmental commission on economic, commercial, social, and technical cooperation between Afghanistan and Tajikistan that is to be held in Dushanbe and said that mutual issues would be discussed there. Moreover, he informed the Afghan Foreign Minister about 50 more scholarships in the coming year.

Mr. Rabbani his appreciation for the invitation and congratulated his counterpart for successfully holding such an important conference. He also called the presence of Afghanistan in such meetings very important.

Foreign Minister Salahuddin said that a high level delegation would participate in SIKA Summit. He also welcomed the speech delivered by the Tajik President that the problem of terrorism does not belong to one country, there is no good and bad terrorism, and the problem of terrorism is not only Afghanistan’s problem.

Mr. Rabbani mentioned his meeting with the Tajik President and called it positive and expressed his appreciation for Tajikistan’s 50 scholarships.

Both sides talked on CASA 1000, second phase of Raghoon Dam, and security and border cooperation between the two countries, transfer of 80 Afghan prisoners, peace, and Afghan Presidential Elections.

Foreign Minister Meets Tajik Chairman of Assembly of Representatives

DUSHANBE – Foreign Minister H.E Salahuddin Rabbani met with Tajikistan’s Chairman of Assembly of Representatives Mr. Shukurjon Zuhurov.

Mr. Zuhurov said, “We are ready to extend our relations with countries of the region, especially the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan. Afghanistan’s security is not only important to Tajikistan but also to all Central Asian countries. He announced his country’s readiness in brining peace and stability and fighting terrorism, drug trafficking, and organized crimes.” He said that peace and  stability in Tajikistan was as a result of hard work of the Peace Martyr Professor Burhanuddin Rabbani and the National Hero of Afghanistan Ahmad Shah Massoud, and the government and people of Tajikistan would always remember it. He called regional projects very important for stability in Afghanistan and added that Tajikistan was ready to cooperate with Afghanistan in transferring electricity through CASA 1000 Electricity Transmission Line.

Having expressed his appreciation for the warm welcome, the Foreign Minister called Tajikistan a brother and friend of Afghanistan’s and said that the government and people of Tajikistan had stood with Afghanistan in bad security conditions.

Both sides discussed mutual issues, Afghanistan’s security and its effects on the region, Afghan Peace Talks, and regional cooperation.

High-Level Conference "International and Regional Cooperation on Countering Terrorism and its Finance through Illicit Drug Trafficking & Organized Crime

DUSHANBE – The Conference on International and Regional Cooperation in Fighting Terrorism and its Financing Through Drug Trafficking and Organized Crimes was held by opening remarks of the Tajik President H.E Emomali Rahman.

At this meeting, H.E Foreign Minister Rabbani said, “This meeting at this critical juncture is very important, and the people of Afghanistan have suffered a lot in fighting terrorism over the past 4 decades.

There is a natural link between terrorism, organized crimes, and narcotics. Terrorist networks are active through organized crimes and drug trafficking to destabilize the security of countries and to find financial sources.” He further added, “In order to combat the financing of terrorism, Afghanistan has established Fin TRACA, which analyzes financial sources. Moreover, Afghanistan has signed cooperation MoUs with 18 countries on fighting terrorism.”

The Foreign Minister said that exchange of information, cooperation in border areas between Afghanistan and Central Asia, and exchange of experience was a need. He further emphasized the importance of a harmonized strategy for fighting terrorism and crimes in the region and practical measures in implementing the UN strategy of fighting terrorism and its related resolutions.

Foreign Minister Meets Tajik President

DUSHANBE – Foreign Minister H.E Salahuddin Rabbani met with the President of the Republic of Tajikistan H.E Emomali Rahman.

Appreciating the support and help of the Tajik People and Government, the Foreign Minister called Tajikistan a brother and friend of Afghanistan’s and asked for transfer of 80 Afghan Prisoners to Afghanistan.

H.E Rahman expressed his assurance that the 80 prisoners would soon be transferred to Afghanistan. He added that the Raghoon Damn would be completed and give electricity to Afghanistan.

At this meeting, security, economy, and development projects were also discussed.

Deputy Foreign Minister Meets British Chargé d'affaires

KABUL – Deputy Foreign Minister Idrees Zaman met British Chargé d'affaires Mr. Giles Lever.

Both sides talked on successfully held Consultative Loya Jirga, the Third Kabul Process Meeting to be held soon, extending bilateral ties between the two countries, Ms. Alice Wells’ trip to Afghanistan, talks between Afghans on peace, upcoming Presidential Elections, Afghan and Pakistani Ulema’s meeting, EU’s role in peace in Afghanistan, and the current political situation in the country and the world.

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