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Tajik President calls for a security belt around Afghanistan

During the Extraordinary Session of the CSTO Collective Security Council, President of Tajikistan Emomali Rahmon announced the need to create a security belt around Afghanistan, the Russia 24 TV channel reported.

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Rahmon said that up to 6,000 militants are concentrated on the borders of Tajikistan, ready to attack the border of the CSTO alliance. He also recalled the "sleeping" cells of terrorists in the countries of Central Asia and in Russia.

“At our meetings within the framework of the CSTO, the CIS and the SCO, I have repeatedly drawn your attention to the presence of“ sleeping ”cells of international terrorism, extremism and religious radicalism in our countries,” Rakhmon said.

He also noted the unconditional benefit of the joint work of the CSTO member states in the fight against terrorism.

“The tragic events in Kazakhstan reaffirm the need to strengthen our joint comprehensive work to counter terrorism and extremism, religious radicalism and transnational organized crime, including drug trafficking,” Rakhmon concluded.

Earlier, Russian President Vladimir Putin told how long the CSTO peacekeepers will stay in Kazakhstan.

Tajik President calls for a security belt around Afghanistan