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‘Reliable partners’: Russian intel chief on Russian, Tajik intelligence services

Sergey Naryshkin noted that both agencies intend to continue counteracting international terrorism

DUSHANBE, November 22. /TASS/. Russian Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR) Director Sergey Naryshkin said that the intelligence agencies of Russia and Tajikistan are reliable partners.

"Interaction between the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service and Tajikistan’s State Committee for National Security has a rich history and we are reliable partners," he said on Tuesday replying to a question by a TASS correspondent. According to him, the scale of interaction and the volume of intelligence data the two agencies share are increasing every year.

The intelligence chief noted that both agencies intend to continue counteracting international terrorism.

"The key theme of our interaction is the further battle against international terrorism. The focus is on the events in Afghanistan and how they impact neighboring states, including Central Asian countries, including Tajikistan," Naryshkin told journalists following his meeting with Tajik President Emomali Rahmon on Tuesday.

According to him, the agencies of both countries are actively trading intelligence data both on the events in Afghanistan and on other unstable regions. "In many ways, settling the situation in the country (Afghanistan - TASS) depends on how quickly the Taliban movement (outlawed in Russia) <…> will be able to find a consensus between that country’s different strata and social groups and this will be connected with the possibility of the global community participating in the building of a new Afghanistan," the official explained.