OSCE Secretary General Schmid to visit Tajikistan

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VIENNA, 5 June 2022 — The OSCE Secretary General Helga Maria Schmid will visit Tajikistan on 6 and 7 June for meetings with high-level officials and to attend the 2nd International High-Level Conference on the International Decade for Action “Water for Sustainable Development”, 2018-2028.

The visit will focus on the OSCE’s assistance to Tajikistan’s government in responding to the security implications of Afghanistan, particularly at its southern border. Also opening the Women Water Forum, the Secretary General will highlight the OSCE’s support on transboundary water co-operation, especially in light of climate change, and the important role of women in this regard. Discussions will also focus on OSCE’s support to Tajikistan in implementing the national reform agenda.

The OSCE Secretary General will meet with President of Tajikistan Emomali Rahmon, Minister of Foreign Affairs Sirojiddin Muhriddin and Colonel Rajabali Rahmonali, Commander of the Tajik Border Troops.

In Dushanbe, Schmid will meet with the Vice Speaker of the Parliament Dilrabo Mansouri, who is also the Head of the Alliance of Women Parliamentarians in Tajikistan. She will furthermore have discussions with representatives of civil society organizations.

The Secretary General will meet with staff from the OSCE Programme Office in Dushanbe and the Border Management Staff College team. She will also address the annual staff course for female leaders in border security.

Source: Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe