President of Tajikistan Emomali Rahmon and NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen discussed cooperation prospects at the meeting in Brussels on Wednesday.
NATO expects deepening of the dialogue on Afghanistan with Tajikistan. NATO and Tajikistan have shared interests in stable and secure Afghanistan, NATO Secretary General Rasmussen told a press conference in NATO Headquarters following the talks with Rahmon.
NATO counts on Dushanbe’s support since the Alliance is preparing for termination of its combat mission in Afghanistan by the end of 2014 and switch to a training mission, he added.
Tajikistan is a valuable and reliable partner for NATO over 10 years. NATO highly values the support provided by Tajikistan to ISAF in allowing to use Dushanbe airport and transit.
NATO and Tajikistan cooperate in many areas, he added. The individual partnership program agreed on last year includes the human rights dialogue, cooperation in fight against terrorism, enhancement of military education and training.
Preparations are also underway to start the project to help Tajikistan eliminate mine threat on the border with Afghanistan is underway, Rasmussen stated.
President Rahmon in his turn said Tajikistan is willing to participate in economic reconstruction of Afghanistan.
Expansion of economic relations in the region and involvement of Afghanistan into regional economic cooperation will be an effective measure for peace building efforts, the President said.
The President of Tajikistan said Tajikistan looks forward to further expansion of security cooperation with NATO.
“Tajikistan is at front line in fight against security threats, The country will be unable to cope with them on its own. We look forward to assistance of our partners in this, NATO among them,” the President said.