US and Tajikistan To Speed Up Military Cooperation

US and Tajikistan have agreed to further speed up defense and security cooperation and enhance coordination on important issues in the region and global spheres.

US Central Command Commander, Gen. Michael Erik Kurilla visited Tajikistan as part of his tour of Central Asia, and held wide-ranging talks with Tajik president  Emomali Rahmon.

During the meeting, the two sides exchanged views on current development in global affairs, and also conferred to accelerate efforts in the fight against terrorist and terrorism in the region.

The sides also spoke about drug trafficking and transnational organized crime.

As part of his tour, Kurilla also met with Kazakhstan’s Minister of Defense Ruslan Zhaksylykov, where they focused on security concerns.

“The leaders discussed mutual security concerns and opportunities to expand defense cooperation in the Central Asian region,” US Central Command said in June 13.

On June 14, Kurilla held a series of engagements in Tashkent, the capital city of Uzbekistan with President Mirziyoyev, General-Lieutenant Makhmudov, General Lieutenant Qurbonov, General Major Kholmukhammedov, and the leadership of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Uzbekistan.

“We had very important and high-level discussions regarding the major topics of concern for both militaries,” Kurilla said,

Kurilla said that “this visit is part of what I refer to as my listening tour: visits to the countries in the CENTCOM Area of Responsibility. I want to hear from each country’s leadership about the threats they face, the gaps in the relationship, and most importantly, the opportunities ahead to strengthen our partnership.”

During the meeting with Uzbek officials, Kurilla said they also discussed the threat posed by violent ideology, a problem for which there is no purely military solution. “We are jointly concerned about groups that espouse this kind of ideology that remain a threat.”

The officials also discussed ways to strengthen special operations forces cooperation between US and Uzbekistan. 

Kurilla lauded the already strong partnership between the US and Uzbekistan’s Special Operations Forces, and stressed the need to broaden and deepen that partnership.

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