On 7 October 2019, a group of sixteen Ambassadors of the OSCE participating States paid a working visit to the Republic of Tajikistan as part of their Central Asia tour.
The busy program of the Ambassadors' visit to Tajikistan started with a meeting with the Prime Minister Mr. Kohir Rasulzoda. The Prime Minister welcomed Ambassadors in Tajikistan and noted that the visit is an illustration of a joint interest and commitment to achieving the OSCE goals in ensuring peace and stability in the Organization’s vast region.
In the morning, the Ambassadors also called on the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Tajikistan Mr. Sirodjiddin Mukhriddin. During the meeting, Mr. Mukhriddin emphasized that Tajikistan attaches importance to interaction within the OSCE and to deepening of cooperation in all three dimensions of the Organization's activities. The meeting participants held an in-depth exchange of views on the challenges and threats faced by the OSCE and its participating States. The Ambassadors appraised highly the efforts of the Government of Tajikistan in consolidating international efforts to counter terrorism and its financing in the Central Asian region, particularly within the ‘Dushanbe Process’ of high-level events. In addition, the Ambassadors welcomed the results of Tajikistan's chairmanship of the OSCE Forum for Security Co-operation (FSC) in 2019.
A round table entitled “Countering Terrorism, Extremism and Drug Trafficking" was organized within the framework of Ambassador’s visit. This event provided an opportunity to continue a substantive discussion of Tajikistan's efforts and contribution to the implementation of the current OSCE agenda. The representatives of the Ministry of Interior, the Prosecutor General's Office, the State Committee of National Security, the Drug Control Agency and the Center for Strategic Studies under the President of the Republic of Tajikistan made presentations during the event.
The afternoon program of the Ambassadors included a visit to the newly established Regional Explosive Hazards Training Centre of the Ministry of Defence of Tajikistan and the headquarters of the Drug Control Agency under the President of the Republic of Tajikistan. The OSCE Ambassadors were briefed on the practical activities of these agencies in demining of explosives, destroying conventional weapons, as well as conducting operations to counter drug trafficking and its smuggling.
The working visit of the group of Ambassadors has ended with the visit to the OSCE Programme Office in Dushanbe (POiD), where they reviewed activities of the OSCE Border Management Staff College (BMSC) on its 10th anniversary, as well as held a meeting with representatives of the civil society and youth of Tajikistan.
The group of guests from Vienna included Ambassadors of Slovakia (the current OSCE Chairmanship), Italy (Coordinator), Austria, Afghanistan, Belgium, Estonia, Iceland, Montenegro, Portugal, Russia, Serbia, Spain, Sweden, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, the European Union, as well as representatives of the Conflict Prevention Centre (CPC) of the OSCE Secretariat.