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Meeting with President of Tajikistan Emomali Rahmon

October 6, 2015, Sochi

Vladimir Putin and President of Tajikistan Emomali Rahmon discussed prospects for the development of bilateral cooperation and security issues in the CSTO responsibility zone.

President of Russia Vladimir Putin: Mr President,

Thank you for accepting our invitation and coming here. I know yesterday was your birthday, so please accept my warmest wishes on the occasion.

President of Tajikistan Emomali Rahmon: Thank you.

Vladimir Putin: We are grateful to you for coming here despite your personal, family celebrations.

There is a need to discuss both bilateral relations and the situation in the region, which cannot but cause concern.

We are very happy to see you. Welcome.

Emomali Rahmon: Thank you very much, Mr President. I am happy to see you.

I would like to take up security issues within the CSTO responsibility zone because the Tajik-Afghan border runs through that zone. The situation in Afghanistan worsens with every day. Hostilities are underway along over 60 percent of the border. This is very alarming; therefore, today I would like to take up specifically matters of ensuring security in the region.

Thank you very much again for your invitation.

Vladimir Putin: Thank you.


October 6, 2015, Sochi