Denmark satisfied with military partnership with Tajikistan

Danish Foreign Minister Per Stig Møller expressed his county’s satisfaction with the development of military cooperation with Tajikistan, and underlined the importance of Tajikistan’s involvement in the fight against terrorism in Afghanistan.

Siyavush Mehtan

2009-10-12

DUSHANBE — The Danish Foreign Minister expressed his country’s satisfaction with the development of military cooperation with Tajikistan during his meeting on Oct. 8 with Tajik President Emomali Rahmon. Per Stig Møller also underlined the importance of Tajikistan’s involvement in the fight against terrorism in Afghanistan, saying it plays a key role in safeguarding security in the region.

Tajikistan also plays an important role in solving problems in the Central Asian region, and Denmark therefore believes it is important to develop its bilateral relations with the Central Asian nation. “Tajikistan helps Afghanistan in terms of transport, communications and low-cost electricity, and we are supporting the Republic of Tajikistan in this respect,” Møller stated.

Several Danish C-130 Hercules military cargo aircraft currently engaged in military operations in the Afghan province of Helmand use the services of Dushanbe airport, and receive support from a French military force also stationed there. Dushanbe airport is also used by American and German aircraft for refuelling.

The two nations examined the issue of global climate change as well. The Danish Foreign Minister said he invited President Rahmon to attend an international climate change conference in Copenhagen in December, and revealed that he had accepted the invitation. Glacial melting and the use of water and energy resources in Central Asia are issues of specific concern to Tajikistan.

Tajik ecologists say that the impact of climate change and glacial melting is becoming more important every year. Pamir Mountain glaciers, the main source of drinking and irrigation water in Central Asia, have melted rapidly over the past decade. Current estimates indicate that more than a thousand glaciers in Tajikistan are likely to disappear in the near future, as a result of climate change.

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