24 April 2009 - NATO PA DELEGATION IN FIRST OFFICIAL VISIT TO TAJIKISTAN
A delegation of the Committee on the Civil Dimension of Security of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly (NATO PA), led by Vitalino Canas (Portugal), Vice-Chairman of the Committee, and David Hobbs, Secretary General of the NATO PA, visited Dushanbe, Tajikistan on 20-22 April 2009. This was the first proper official visit of a NATO PA delegation to Tajikistan. NATO parliamentarians met with the highest parliamentary and governmental authorities in the country, including Tajik President Rahmon, Minister of Foreign Affairs Hamrokhon Zafiri, and the Speakers of both houses of Parliament. The delegation also met with representatives of embassies and international organizations, and toured the French military presence at Dushanbe airport.
Discussions focused on the impact of the situation in Afghanistan on Tajikistan, and Tajikistan’s potential contribution to stabilization and reconstruction efforts in Afghanistan; Tajikistan’s “open door” foreign policy, and, in particular, its relations with Russia, China, Iran, and NATO; the challenges posed by drug trafficking, religious extremism and terrorism to stability in Tajikistan and the Central Asian region; and water and energy issues in Central Asia.
The NATO PA delegation meeting with Foreign Minister Zafiri
Foreign Minister Zafiri told the delegation that “the security and the stability of Central Asia depend entirely on the situation in
At the press conference held on Tuesday 22 April following the delegation’s meeting with Tajik President Rahmon, Mr Canas recognized the positive stabilizing role
Vitalino Canas (Portugal) and President Rahmon
While bilateral relations with individual NATO countries are strong,
Drug trafficking remains a major problem throughout Central Asia, and particularly in
Another major regional challenge relates to the management of water and energy resources.
Vitalino Canas (Portugal) discusses the Rogun dam project with Minister for Energy and Industry Gulov
Tajik President’s Rahmon and many speakers mentioned the impact of the civil war on
The Committee on the Civil Dimension of Security will discuss a report by Marc Angel (Luxemburg), Rapporteur of the Subcommittee on Democratic Governance, on “Regional Security Challenges and Co-operation in Central Asia”, at the upcoming NATO PA’s spring session in Olso, Norway, on 23-26 May 2009. A draft version of this report will be available shortly here: