US Looks To Tajikistan Post-2014 – Analysis

Posted: April 22, 2012 in Economy and Resources, Environment, History, Human Rights, International, Language, Politics, Region, Relations

Last month, the head of US forces for Central Asia and the Middle East was in Tajikistan to garner support from the Central Asian country ahead of the planned withdrawal of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) from Afghanistan in 2014.

The meeting centred on US concerns about shoring up the geostrategic environment around Afghanistan and followed earlier meetings last week with the leaders of Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.

Tajikistan shares a porous 1300km border with Afghanistan that continues to be plagued by a nexus of terrorism, weapons smuggling and drug trafficking. The US remains concerned that the border may also be exploited by the Taliban and its regional proxies to run supply lines against coalition forces in Afghanistan.

On 31 March, General James Mattis, Commander of US Central Command, met with Tajikistan’s President Emomali Rahmon. During the meeting, Mattis thanked Tajikistan for its ongoing support to the ISAF mission in Afghanistan. Shortly after the visit, Rahmon released a statement: “Tajikistan is always for more expansion of partnership with U.S. in various spheres of security and strengthening peace and stability in the region.”

via US Looks To Tajikistan Post-2014 – Analysis.

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