Tajikistan and U.S. discuss cooperation in ensuring regional security

Tajik President Emomali Rahmon received Commander of U.S. Central Command Lloyd Austin III on Tuesday, the presidential press-service reported.


Within the meeting, the parties discussed issues of the bilateral multifaceted cooperation, primarily in the fields of defense and regional security.


Emomali Rahmon and Lloyd Austin III expressed satisfaction with the level and content of the bilateral relations and the interaction aimed at promoting peace and stability in Afghanistan and prevention of terrorism and extremism threat.


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General Lloyd Austin III noted the important role of Tajikistan in strengthening regional security, and expressed gratitude to the Tajik President and people for active assistance in the peace restoration in Afghanistan.


The parties also discussed further steps aimed at providing the military and special forces, including Tajikistan's border troops, with material and technical support to strengthen protection of its state border with Afghanistan, especially after 2014.


The parties stressed their mutual commitment to further strengthening and expanding relations.