Dear friends and Distinguished colleagues,
Dushanbe will host the High-level Conference “International and Regional Cooperation on Countering Terrorism and Its Financing Through Illicit Drug Trafficking and Organized Crime”. The Conference will be convened by the Government of the Republic of Tajikistan in close cooperation with the United Nations, the European Union and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe from 16 to 17 May, 2019 in Dushanbe.
Dushanbe Conference is the first international event in the framework of the follow-up process to the High-Level International Conference on “Countering Terrorism and Prevention of Violent Extremism” (3-4 May 2018, Dushanbe) and the High-Level Conference of Heads of Counter Terrorism Agencies of UN Member States (28-29 June 2018, New York).
The financing of terrorism and its links to organized crime and illicit drug trafficking pose serious risks to international peace and security and to counter these threats is essential to ensuring the stability and development of the Central Asian region and beyond. The elimination of drug trafficking and terrorism requires joint efforts by the international community at all levels, as no country or institution can address these threats alone.
Tajikistan, having understood these global threats, has been making significant efforts to counter terrorism and the illicit drug smuggling for many years, including adoption of the National Strategies on Countering Terrorism and Extremism for the period of 2016-2020 and Illicit Drug Trafficking for the period of 2013-2020, as well as the National Concept on Countering Money-laundering, Financing of Terrorism and Weapons of Mass Destruction, 2018-2025.
I am convinced that Dushanbe Conference will serve as an important platform for comprehensive dialogue, exchanging skills and experiences, as well as reinforcing efforts in countering contemporary security threats and challenges.
Looking forward to welcoming you to Dushanbe.
Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Tajikistan