Dushanbe, Tajikistan – General Joseph Votel, Commander of U.S. Central Command, visited Tajikistan to meet with senior Tajikistan leaders and U.S. embassy officials in Dushanbe. During his visit, he discussed a wide range of common security issues with President Emomali Rahmon; Minister of Defense, General-Lieutenant Sherali Mirzo; 1st Deputy Minister, Chief of the General Staff, General-Major Sobirzoda; Chairman of the State Committee for National Security, General-Lieutenant Saymumin Yatimov, and Head of the Main Border Force Administration, 1st Deputy SCNS Chairman General-Lieutenant Rajabali Rahmonali.
During the high-level meetings, General Votel discussed with his counterparts important issues relevant to the security and stability of the Central Asian States. He stressed the many common interests that the United States and Tajikistan share, including the threat posed by violent extremist and terrorist elements. He pledged to continue to work together with Tajikistan to address these and other challenges facing Central Asia. He also commended Tajikistan’s leadership for their diligent work in border security and counter-narcotics, areas that are critical to supporting a stable and prosperous Central Asia. Joint U.S.-Tajikistan military efforts have focused primarily on border security, counterterrorism, and counter-narcotics.
With over two decades of United States engagement in Tajikistan, the U.S.-Tajik partnership continues to support security and stability in Central Asia, while improving the lives of Tajik citizens. Since 1992, the United States has provided over $1 billion in programs and humanitarian aid that support Tajikistan’s agriculture, energy and business development, health and education, independent media, and other civil society development.