UK and Tajik officials discuss Afghanistan’s situation in London

A delegation led by deputy foreign minister of Tajikistan, Sharaf Sheralizoda, has discussed Afghanistan’s situation in a meeting held with the delegation of the United Kingdom headed by its Minister of State for European and North American Affairs Leo Docherty on Thursday in London.

“Inter-parliamentary relations, cooperation within the framework of international and regional organizations, the situation in Afghanistan, the need to strengthen the borders and technical support for Tajikistan’s “green” energy projects and programs, and the importance of organizing visits of high-ranking officials from the two countries were among other issues that were discussed during this Political Dialogue,” the foreign ministry of Tajikistan said in a statement issued late on Friday.

During the dialogue, the statement added, the two sides also discussed other issues, including security challenges, terrorism and extremism threats, and as well as drug trafficking.

Signing a Memorandum of Understanding, the Tajik and British delegations have further agreed to continue more engagement for strengthening ties in areas of mutual interest between the two countries.

The meeting comes only a day after Secretary General of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO), to which Tajikistan is a member state, expressed deep concern over the escalating risk of terrorist groups to its member states in Central Asia from Taliban-controlled Afghanistan.

Moreover, the CSTO has said that it is engaging in talks with the Taliban to strengthen regional security.