On October 1, 2013 the third meeting of the European Union – Tajikistan Cooperation Council took place in the building of the Council of European Union in Brussels. The delegation of Tajikistan headed by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Tajikistan Hamrokhon Zarifi attended the work of the meeting. The Tajik delegation also comprised the ambassadors of Tajikistan to Belgium, Austria, Germany, France and Switzerland. The European Union delegation was headed by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevicius who is currently chairing at the European Union.
The Cooperation Council was held under the chairmanship of the Lithuanian Foreign Minister.
An agenda of the meeting included the issues of the key aspects of implementation of EU Strategy for Central Asia, political and economic issues, including domestic reforms and WTO membership, human rights and the rule of law, water and environment subjects, as well as international issues and regional cooperation.
In the course of the Cooperation Council the two sides discussed in detail the development of cooperation between the European Union and Tajikistan, a progress achieved, as well as forthcoming steps on further expansion of relationships.
Moreover, the main directions of interaction, realization of EU projects and programs in Tajikistan, state of trade-economic relations, regional cooperation in Central Asia and international issues have been touched upon by the parties.
At the end of the meeting of the Cooperation Council a press-conference was held with the participation of the ministers of foreign affairs of Tajikistan and Lithuania. At the press-conference the ministers expressed satisfaction over the results of the meetings and reaffirmed their interest in continuation of constructive and mutually beneficial cooperation.
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