Tajikistan President Emomali Rahman met with the Secretary General of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO), Imangali Tasmagambetov, on 14 March in Dushanbe and discussed the situation in Afghanistan.
“During the conversation, views were exchanged on the situation in Afghanistan and other topical issues of the international and regional agenda,” a press release said.
In particular, terrorism, extremism, radicalization, drug trafficking, cybercrime, and transnational organized crime were highlighted as the significant challenges and threats to security to counter through a comprehensive approach, stated Tasmagambetov
Earlier, the CSTO had expressed concern with the presence of Islamic State-Khorasan fighters along the Tajikistan-Afghanistan border area.
During the meeting, both sides stressed “the need to strengthen political cooperation, expand the international activities of the Collective Security Treaty Organization, increase the effectiveness of military, military-technical, and military-economic cooperation,” the statement read.
The Collective Security Treaty Organization is an intergovernmental military alliance in Eurasia with six neighbouring countries: Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, and Tajikistan.