Tajik president receives CSTO secretary-general to discuss cooperation
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On Monday March 13, Tajik President Emomali Rahmon received the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) Secretary-general Imangali Tasmagambetov, who arrived in Dushanbe on a working visit. According to the Tajik president's official website, Rahmon congratulated Tasmagambetov on his appointment as the CSTO Secretary-General and wished him success in his work. In the course of the talks, the parties reportedly issues related to the tasks facing the CSTO today. Tajik leader emphasized the significance of expansion of political cooperation, the expansion of international activities of the Organization, enhancing the efficiency of military, military-technical and military-economic cooperation between the CSOT member nations. The importance of strengthening integrated work to address modern challenges and threats, in particular terrorism, extremism, radicalism, drug trafficking, cybercrime and transnational organized crime, was emphasized Rahmon and Tasmagambetov also exchanged views on a number of regional and international issues being of mutual interest, including the current situation in Afghanistan. The Collective Security Treaty Organization includes Russia, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan. Imangali Tasmagambetov (born 9 December 1956) is a Kazakh politician and diplomat, who has been the Secretary-General of the Collective Security Treaty Organization since January 2023. He was the Kazakh Ambassador to Russia from 2017 to 2019. He was Deputy Prime Minister of Kazakhstan from 2016 to 2017 and Minister of Defense of Kazakhstan from 2014 to 2016. Tasmagambetov served as akim of Astana from 2008 to 2014 and from 2004 to 2008, as akim of Almaty. Before that, from 2002 to 2003, he was the Prime Minister of Kazakhstan.