WORLD NEWS TOMORROW – The fifth regional conference on Afghanistan was recently inaugurated by Tajik President Emomali Rahmon in Dushanbe. State and prospects of further expansion of bilateral cooperation between Tajikistan and Afghanistan were the focus of meeting, Asia-Plus reported.

Speaking at the event, Rahmon said that Tajikistan has always been interested in establishment of peace and stability in Afghanistan and reconstruction of its economy. Rahmon noted that gradual handover of security responsibilities to Afghan forces requires thorough preparedness of Afghan troops for fighting terrorism, extremism and organised crime. He said that Tajikistan was ready to provide its training centers for training of military and law enforcement personnel of Afghanistan. At the same time, President Rahmon noted that use of military methods was not enough for providing peaceful life in Afghanistan.

He pointed to the necessity of implementation of social and economic development projects and programmes. The Tajik head assured that Tajikistan could help Afghanistan rehabilitate its irrigation system and irrigate its areas under crops.  The construction of a number of reservoirs in Tajikistan and Afghanistan as sources of water reserves and cheap electrical power may become the main factors contributing to development of fallow lands in Afghanistan and rehabilitation of Afghanistan’s agrarian sector.