04.01.2021 12:00


Relations between Tajikistan and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) date back to 1992 when it joined the North Atlantic Cooperation Council (then the Euro-Atlantic Cooperation Council (1997)).

The cooperation of the Republic of Tajikistan with the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) gained new strength after the tragic events of September 11, 2001, and the start of the antiterrorist operation in Afghanistan.

The beginning of practical and active cooperation of the Republic of Tajikistan with this organization can be attributed to February 20, 2002, because it was on this day that the Ambassador of the Republic of Tajikistan to the Kingdom of Belgium signed a document on the country's accession to the NATO Partnership for Peace program. The main goal of this program is to expand partner countries' activities in this organisation's work. 
In March 2003, the official period of Tajikistan's cooperation with this organization began with the submission of the "Reporting Act", which includes the main goals and directions of cooperation with this organization.

Tajikistan cooperates with NATO in various fields, including training of military personnel, combating international terrorism, extremism, humanitarian demining, destruction of military equipment, ensuring border security, combating drug trafficking, language training, disaster forecasting and elimination of consequences, they have practical cooperation.

Such cooperation is carried out mainly within the framework of the "Partnership for Peace Program" and the "Individual Program of Partnership and Cooperation between the Republic of Tajikistan and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization" (2004).

Although NATO is not directly involved in the fight against drug trafficking, given the threats and consequences of this crime, this issue is also the focus of this organization. In 2007, on the basis of the Agreement between the Drug Control Agency under the President of the Republic of Tajikistan and the Special Representative of the OSCE Secretary General for Central Asia and the Caucasus, Robert Simpson, representatives of Tajikistan were mobilized for various pieces of training, which undoubtedly contributed to the capacity building.

Taking into account the growing threat of international terrorism and extremism and the unstable situation in Afghanistan, especially in its northern regions bordering the Republic of Tajikistan, cooperation with NATO in the field of combating terrorism and extremism is well established. Representatives of the country's law enforcement agencies regularly participate in NATO training courses and international conferences in order to study best practices in the fight against international terrorism and expand their professional knowledge and skills.

Moreover, in order to assist the people of Afghanistan, in terms of transit through the territory of Tajikistan for NATO operations and the international coalition in Afghanistan, an Agreement was signed between our country and this organization. In 2014, agreements were signed on the withdrawal of the International Coalition from Afghanistan with individual member states of this organization, which control the transport process through the country.

The cooperation of the Republic of Tajikistan with NATO in the field of science can be assessed well. The Academy of Sciences in the country has established close collaboration with the research departments of this organization. Scientists and teachers of Tajikistan, including the Technical University of Tajikistan named after M.S.Osimi, cooperate in the framework of the Science for Peace and Security program.

As part of the Individual Partnership Program between the Republic of Tajikistan and NATO, which was signed for 2014-2016, a number of events were held in the country within the framework of the Academy of Sciences of Tajikistan and with the support of the NATO Public Diplomacy Department.



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