China, Tajikistan vow to enhance anti-terrorism cooperation

Source
China Military Online
Editor
Yao Jianing
Time
2016-08-05

General Fang Fenghui (L), chief of the Joint Staff Department of China's Central Military Commission, meets with Major General E. A. Cobidrzoda, Tajikistan's first deputy defense minister and chief of general staff of Tajikistan Armed Forces in Urumqi, capital of China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, on August 4, 2016. (mod. gov.cn/ Zhu Min)

URUMQI, Aug. 5 (ChinaMil) -- General Fang Fenghui, member of China's Central Military Commission (CMC) and chief of the Joint Staff Department of the CMC, met with Major General E. A. Cobidrzoda, Tajikistan's first deputy defense minister and chief of general staff of Tajikistan Armed Forces in Urumqi, capital of China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, on August 4.

Cobidrzoda was in Urumqi for the Inaugural High Level Military Leader Meeting on Quadrilateral Cooperation and Coordination Mechanism in Counter Terrorism by Afghanistan-China-Pakistan-Tajikistan Armed Forces.

Fang Fenghui said that China and Tajikistan are intimate friendly neighbors and strategic partners with a high level of mutual trust. In June this year, President Xi Jinping and President Emomali Rahmon reached important consensus on building the Belt and Road Initiative, tackling terrorism and safeguarding regional security and stability, and this has pointed out the direction for the development of relations between the two countries and the two militaries.

Fang said that the establishment of the "quadrilateral mechanism" is a major step to implement the important consensus of the two leaders, and it is of great importance to build consensus against terrorism, enhance counter-terrorism capacity, and strengthen solidarity and mutual trust.

The successful convening of the meeting and the release of the joint statement on the previous day indicate that the establishment of the "quadrilateral mechanism" has taken a substantial step forward. China is willing to make joint efforts with Tajikistan to promote further construction of the mechanism, Fang said.

Cobidrzoda said that currently, terrorism is getting increasingly rampant worldwide. Safeguarding regional security and stability is the common goal for Tajikistan and China.

He said that Tajikistan firmly supports the construction of the "quadrilateral mechanism" and Tajikistan is ready to actively participate in relevant cooperation within the mechanism to jointly fight against the "three evil forces" of terrorism, extremism and separatism.

Admiral Sun Jianguo, deputy chief of the Joint Staff Department of China’s CMC, and others were also present at the meeting.

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