Dushanbe, Tajikistan, February 23, 2023 – On February 17, 2023, the U.S. Embassy in Dushanbe provided four Jeeps and associated spare parts packages to Tajikistan’s National Guard to help Tajikistan secure its borders. The vehicles and spare parts delivered today, valued at $471,273, are the final pieces of a $2,075,000 mobility package. The total package included 14 Jeeps, three years of spare parts, a maintenance workshop, and several weeks of driver and maintenance training. These vehicles will enable the National Guard to conduct operations in the uneven terrain of the border regions.
The U.S. Senior Defense Official / Defense Attaché to Tajikistan, Colonel Brittany Stewart, and Gen-Maj Jonibek Alizoda, National Guard First Deputy Commander, participated in a handover ceremony for the patrol vehicles. Speaking at the ceremony, Colonel Stewart noted that, “This donation is just one example of the assistance we provide to Tajikistan to secure its borders. We are grateful for Tajikistan’s close cooperation in the field of border security and are proud of our joint achievements. We remain partners in the fight against terrorism, drug trafficking, and nuclear proliferation. We are stronger when we work together.”
Since 1992, the United States has provided over $330 million in security sector assistance to Tajikistan. This assistance includes training, equipment, and infrastructure. As part of this assistance, the United States has previously provided 400 vehicles to the Tajik military, valued at $11.9 million. The United States also has trained over 10,000 soldiers and law enforcement personnel on effective tactics for responding to terrorist threats, combatting drug trafficking, and carrying out special operations. Previously, the U.S. government supported renovation and construction of the Training Center for the Ministry of Defense Peacekeeping Battalion at Shamsi Base and built the field training area Magob for the Mobile Forces of the Ministry of Defense, at a cost of $1.5 million.
The United States has partnered with Tajikistan for 30 years and has provided $1.8 billion in development and security assistance through programs that support Tajikistan’s security, economic development, health, civil society, and education.