The President of Tajikistan, Emomali Rahmon, at the General Debate of the 78th session of the UN General Assembly, emphasized the need to establish intra-Afghan dialogue and the creation of an inclusive government in Afghanistan.
Speaking at the debate, Emomali Rahmon said Tajikistan’s authorities seized more than 10 tons of narcotics on the border with Afghanistan over the past two years.
The President of Tajikistan also expressed his concerns regarding the humanitarian situation in Afghanistan, saying that Tajikistan is committed to continue providing humanitarian assistance, and he appealed to the international community to follow suit.
The establishment of intra-Afghan dialogue and the creation of a truly inclusive government is crucial for achieving lasting peace and stability in Afghanistan, he said
"In the context of increased drug trafficking, Tajikistan’s authorities seized more than 10 tons of narcotics on the border with Afghanistan over the past two years. Besides tackling this threat, Tajikistan also continues to combat terrorism and violent extremism within the framework of its National Strategy for 2021-2025,” Emomali Rahmon said.
Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev during the debate also reiterated Kazakhstan’s initiative to establish a UN Regional Center for SDGs for Central Asia and Afghanistan in Almaty. Speaking about the growing importance of Central Asia as a “cohesive and independent” part of the international community, he emphasized the regional agenda also includes Afghanistan, which should become a stable, prosperous state and a trustworthy trade partner.
“He then underlined the need for the international community to recognize that the people of Afghanistan are experiencing significant difficulties, amplified by the lack of a coordinated global stance on the situation there,” Sadyr Japarov, president of Kyrgyzstan said.
Meanwhile, Karen Decker, the chargé d'affaires of the US Mission to Afghanistan, said on X that she met with the “Taliban delegation” in Doha and held technical talks on “counter-narcotics, an area of mutual concern in support of the Afghan people, and discussed eradication, interdiction, addiction treatment, and alternative livelihoods.”
In the meantime, the head of the Islamic Emirate’s Political Office in Doha, Suhail Shaheen, said that he and an anti-narcotics team from Kabul held “constructive separate meetings with Mr. Robert C Dickson, UK charge d'Affaires to Afghanistan, and UNODC representative as well as US technical team in Doha.”
The Islamic Emirate has repeatedly said that the formation of an inclusive government is one of the country's internal issues, and it has also pledged to prohibit drug cultivation and trafficking in the country.