Tajikistan may help train energy specialists, doctors, architects, scientists for Afghanistan - Rahmon
DUSHANBE. June 21 (Interfax) - Tajik President Emomali Rahmon reaffirmed Dushanbe's readiness to further promote cooperation with Kabul at a meeting with Afghan Prime Minister Abdullah Abdullah in the Tajik capital on Thursday, Rahmon's press service said.
"Tajikistan is interested in developing and broadening relations with Afghanistan and has always made creative efforts to this end," the Tajik leader said.
Rahmon says he sees the active participation of the Afghan delegation led by Abdullah in the Dushanbe-hosted International High-Level Conference on International Decade for Action 'Water for Sustainable Development, 2018-2028' as an indication of Kabul's all-round support of Tajikistan's initiatives in this area.
"The sides discussed issues concerning bilateral cooperation, the current situation in Afghanistan and also regional and international topics of mutual interest," the press service said.
"Furthermore, we are also interested in [achieving] a new level of cooperation in science, education, culture, healthcare, and also information and social activities. Tajikistan is ready to train a large number of specialists in energy, healthcare, irrigation, agriculture, rail transport, construction, architecture, and different technologies. We are also ready to provide education to hundreds of scientists for Afghanistan," the Tajik president said.
The parties agreed that the relentless fight against real threats such as terrorism, extremism, drug trafficking, and cross-border organized crime acts as a factor of peace, security, productive cooperation, and freedom in the region.
The Afghan delegation came to Tajikistan on Wednesday for an official visit to attend the International High-Level Conference on International Decade for Action 'Water for Sustainable Development, 2018-2028.'
Abdullah said at the conference, which ends on June 22, that shortages of drinking water are a global problem that must be tackled as a top priority.