Dushanbe, Tajikistan, April 26, 2019 – Officials from the U.S. Embassy in Dushanbe and Washington D.C., including Director of Central Asia of the U.S. Department of State, Mark Moody, met with representatives from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Drug Control Agency, the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the Ministry of Energy, the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade, the Office of the Human Rights Ombudsman, the Ministry of Defense, and the Committee on Religious Affairs and Regulation of Traditions and Rituals. They continued discussion from last year’s Annual Bilateral Consultations that took place in October 2018, focusing on political, economic, and security cooperation, as well as regional cooperation, economic connectivity, human rights, and the C5+1 format.
The sides expressed interest in holding the next Annual Bilateral Consultations in Washington D.C. later this year. These consolations are the most comprehensive dialogue that the two governments share. They are an opportunity to discuss in depth U.S.-Tajikistan engagement over the last year and identify future areas for cooperation.
Ambassador John Mark Pommersheim and Director Mark Moody also met with members of civil society, human rights organizations, and the business community.