27 Jul 2021 15:05

Tajik president discusses Afghanistan with Chinese defense minister

DUSHANBE. July 27 (Interfax) - Tajik President Emomali Rahmon discussed the situation in Afghanistan with Chinese Defense Minister Wei Fenghe in Dushanbe on Tuesday, the Tajik presidential press service said.

"The Tajik leader spoke with alarm about the critical development of the situation in this neighboring country, including districts bordering Tajikistan, and informed the defense minister of friendly China about the measures being taken by Tajikistan to reinforce the Tajik-Afghan border and bolster its defense capability on the whole," the press service said.

"Agreeing that the dramatic exacerbation of the military-political situation in the northern and northeastern districts of Afghanistan is prompting tension and negatively affecting regional security in general, the parties stressed the importance of continuing close coordination between relevant services and specialized agencies of the two countries," it said.

They also acknowledged the importance of comprehensive assistance in promoting the intra-Afghan negotiating process.

Rahmon described defense and security cooperation between the two countries as an important element of relations between the two countries. Joint efforts against terrorism, extremism, separatism, transnational organized crime, including illegal drug trafficking, cybercrimes, and other threats, are a significant area of security cooperation between Tajikistan and China, he said.