Head of CSTO and Tajik president discuss Afghanistan
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Tajik President and head of CSTO military alliance discuss Afghanistan in Dushanbe

Tajik President Emomali Rahmon’s office has said that he met the head of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO), Imangali Tasmagambetov, in Dushanbe on Monday and discussed the situation in Afghanistan.

In a statement, Emomali Rahmon’s office said: “During the conversation, an exchange of views took place on the situation in Afghanistan and other topical issues on the international and regional agenda.

” The importance of strengthening comprehensive work to counter challenges and threats to security, in particular terrorism, extremism, manifestations of radicalism, drug smuggling, cybercrime and transnational organized crime, was highlighted.”

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The Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) is a regional security alliance that was established on May 15, 1992, in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. It comprises six member states: Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, and Tajikistan.

In February, Colonel General Anatoly Sidorov, the Chief of Joint Staff of the CSTO, claimed that the ISKP had amassed up to 6,500 members, with 4,000 located along Tajikistan’s southern borders in Afghanistan’s Badakhshan, Kunduz, and Takhar provinces.

A number of Afghan political leaders who fled Afghanistan after the Taliban’s return to power, including Ahmad Massoud, the head of the armed group, the National Resistance Front (NRF), are currently based in Tajikistan.