By NP Newsroom
KABUL: Afghanistan’s National Security Advisor (NSA) Mohammad Hanif Atmar and his Tajik counterpart Saimumin Yatimov have agreed on strengthening regional consensus on the fight against terrorism. Yatimov is also head of Tajikistan’s state committee for national security.
While Atmar hailed the Tajik official’s trip to Kabul as significant and praised Afghan forces for “protecting the region and the world at large at the forefront in the war on terrorism”, Yatimov was concerned by the lack of agreement on counter-terrorism, saying more needed to be done for regional cooperation against terrorism.
Atmar said the Afghan government was prepared to improve security on the border with Tajikistan and urged regional countries such as Tajikistan to support Afghan security forces, saying some terrorist groups were infiltrated into Afghanistan to disrupt its security and peace in the region. But if previous moves by both countries is anything to go by, the region will be wondering if this is a hot issue or just hot air.
A trip by senior Afghan officials to Tajikistan for talks on cooperation was also discussed.