Minister for Foreign Affairs Dr George W. Vella chairs on behalf of HRVP Federica Mogherini the EU-Tajikistan Cooperation Council Meeting. The European Union and the Republic of Tajikistan hold their sixth Cooperation Council meeting

Reference Number:  , Press Release Issue Date: May 15, 2017
 

“Our meeting today was an opportunity to review the key aspects of our bilateral cooperation and our ongoing partnership. We had a constructive exchange of views on a wide range of topics. Our open and sincere dialogue with Tajikistan will carry on, and will hopefully give a chance to have more stability and more prosperity in Tajikistan”

— Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Malta George Vella.

 

“The agenda of today’s meeting was really comprehensive and we discussed important issues of our bilateral relations. Tajikistan gives great importance to its relations with the European Union. I particularly noted the significance of the EU Strategy for Central Asia in promoting social and economic development and stability in the region.”

— Minister of Foreign Affairs of Tajikistan Sirodjidin Aslov.

 

The Cooperation Council reaffirmed the commitment of both parties to strengthen relations in a number of cooperation areas, and took stock of the progress made since the fifth Cooperation Council meeting between the EU and the Republic of Tajikistan in February 2016.

During the Cooperation Council, the European Union reaffirmed its continued political and financial support for Tajikistan, under the current EU-Central Asia strategy. The delegations discussed ways to overcome the difficult economic circumstances that Tajikistan is facing, as well as security threats emanating from religious radicalism and violent extremism.

The European Union emphasized the need for Tajikistan to ensure the respect for the rule of law, fundamental freedoms, and human rights as essential elements to guarantee both political stability and socio-economic development. 

The Cooperation Council reiterated the importance of a comprehensive implementation of the EU Strategy for Central Asia, both at regional and national levels. It welcomed Tajikistan’s active engagement in the European Union’s regional initiatives for Central Asia. Development cooperation was also discussed, in particular relating to the three flagship initiatives in the area of the rule of law, education, and environmental protection. Other areas of mutual importance covered in the meeting included political reforms, financial assistance, the investment climate, religious freedoms and border security.

The Cooperation Council also addressed regional developments in the energy sector, as well as security-related challenges. The stability of Central Asia is of common interest to Tajikistan and the European Union, and both will seek to increase their cooperation in this area.

The EU was represented at the Cooperation Council by Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Malta, representing the High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Dr George Vella. The delegation of Tajikistan was led by Minister of Foreign Affairs of Tajikistan Mr Sirodjidin Aslov.


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