ASTANA -- Officials from Kazakhstan and Tajikistan have agreed to increase co-operation against religious extremism and terrorism, Zakon.kz reported Thursday (October 26), citing Kazakhstani President Nursultan Nazarbayev's website.
Senior officials and agency directors of the two countries, including Kazakhstani Security Council Secretary Vladimir Zhumakanov and his Tajik counterpart, Abdurakhim Kakhkharov, conferred in Astana.
Topics included management of illegal migration and the Afghan situation.
Zhumakanov stressed the importance of bilateral co-operation in fighting trans-national organised crime and drug trafficking.
He and Kakhkharov agreed to have experts confer regularly and to have their countries exchange intelligence.
The Taliban have been using advanced weapons available only to the Russian military, according to a security source in western Afghanistan.
Popular support in Central Asia for Islamist insurgencies in the Middle East and beyond is waning.