Statement by Shri M.J. Akbar, Minister of State for External Affairs of the Republic of India at the High-Level International Conference on Countering Terrorism and Preventing Violent Extremism on May 4, 2018, Dushanbe

Excellency Mr. Sirodjiddin Aslov,
Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Tajikistan

Dear colleagues,

Let me thank the Government of Tajikistan, the United Nations, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, and the European Union for organizing this conference on terrorism. Such has been the rise of this viral menace to our lives and values that this gathering would be considered necessary almost anywhere on the map. But Dushanbe carries a special relevance.  Tajikistan has successfully fought, defeated and reversed the brutal tide of terrorism, and it did so during what I would describe as the most dangerous of decades, the 1990s.


Press release on the 23rd Meeting of the Council of Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the Economic Cooperation Organization

On April 17, 2018, the 23rd Meeting of the Council of Foreign Ministers of the Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO COM) will be held in Dushanbe with the participation of the Ministers and Deputy Foreign Ministers of the member states of the Economic Cooperation Organization.

The agenda of the meeting includes issues related to the implementation of the ECO agreements concluded between ECO member states; status of implementation of ECO projects and programs; relations between the ECO Secretariat and international organizations; activities of ECO specialized agencies and affiliated bodies; progress and assessment of the implementation of the goals and objectives identified in the document "ECO Vision 2025", the adoption of the ECO New Program on assistance to Afghanistan, as well as the administrative and financial issues of the Organization.

The meeting of the ECO Council of Foreign Ministers is preceded by Senior Officials Meeting of the member countries of the Organization, which will be held on 16 April.

Also, in the light of the year of "Tourism and Handicrafts Development", announced by the Leader of the Nation, the President of the Republic of Tajikistan H. E. Mr. Emomali Rahmon, within the framework of the 23rd ECO Ministerial Council Meeting the Handicrafts exhibition of ECO countries will be held, on April 16-17 in the " Iram Park".    


The article of the President of the Republic of Tajikistan in the journal UN Chronicle, entitled “Water for Sustainable Development”

Water plays a crucial role in the development of mankind. From time immemorial people have settled near water, which has always been a source of life and well-being. Humanity has praised and glorified it as a sacred resource for thousands of years.

Today, due to rapid population growth, economic development and other challenges that impact the natural resources, the value of water has increased dramatically.

In my statement at the First Asia-Pacific Water Summit in 2007, I noted that “…the world development trends suggest that the cost of water might exceed the cost of oil, gas, coal and other natural resources essential for the sustainable future of each country and region”. Numerous studies conducted over the past 10 years proved, with facts and figures, the accuracy of that statement and encouraged the international community to focus on addressing water issues.

As an essential resource for sustainable development, water has been included in numerous documents and strategies for development at the regional, national and global levels. As a result, various aspects of water issues were incorporated into the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Such an accomplishment was made possible thanks to the hard work and tireless efforts of various stakeholders.


The Republic of Tajikistan