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DUSHANBE, October 4. /TASS/. Russia’s Security Council Secretary Nikolay Patrushev has taken part in Russian-Tajik consultations in Tajikistan’s capital of Dushanbe on Tuesday, the Security Council press service told TASS.
The parties discussed boosting of bilateral military cooperation, combating illegal migration, the increase in terrorists’ activities in Afghanistan and other issues.
"The pressing issues of bilateral cooperation in the war on terror, boosting cooperation in handling the migration processes and defending the legal rights and interests of migrant workers as well as combating illegal immigration were discussed at the meeting. The parties also considered ways to enhance the efficiency of military and technical cooperation," the Security Council press service said in a statement.
Special attention was paid to the situation in Afghanistan and "its impact on the security of the Central Asian states."
"The parties pointed out that international terrorist groups had been intensifying their activities on Afghanistan’s territory," Russia’s Security Council stressed. "In this regard, the issues concerning the security of Tajik-Afghan border were touched upon."
Russian-Tajik consultations were presided over by Patrushev and Tajikistan’s Security Council Secretary Abdurakhim Kakharov. Representatives of the two countries’ foreign ministries, defense ministries and other agencies attended the meeting.
"The parties stated that in order to prevent the spread of international terrorist groups in the Central Asian states it was necessary to use every proper possibility for bilateral cooperation as well as the capacity of the international organizations such as Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO), Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS)," the press service noted.
The participants in the consultations placed great emphasis on the CSTO Council for Collective Security meeting and the joint meeting of the Foreign Ministers Council, Defense Ministers Council and Security Councils Secretaries’ Committee that are due to be held on October 14 in Armenia’s capital of Yerevan. Besides that, Patrushev invited Kakharov to attend the fourth meeting of the CIS Security Councils Secretaries scheduled for November 16-17 in Moscow.
According to the press-service, Patrushev and Kakharov signed a cooperation plan for Russia’s and Tajikistan’s Security Councils’ administrations to be effective in 2017-2018. The plan addresses cooperation in all the fields regarding international, regional and national security.