MINSK, Belarus -- Tajikistan will focus on security during its Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) presidency next year, according to a senior Tajik official Tuesday (November 21), Kazinform reported, quoting the Belarusian Telegraph Agency.
Tajikistan will take over the CIS presidency from Russia in 2018, based on a decision made at the CIS summit in Sochi, Russia, in October.
"In previous years, the CIS adopted many documents and programmes, and we intend to continue their implementation," said Tajik Ambassador to Belarus Kozidavlat Koimdodov said.
Tajikistan will pay special attention to regional security and stability, said Koimdodov, who is also his country's envoy to the CIS.
Tajikistan as president will make every effort to implement the CIS's decisions and policies on fighting terrorism, extremism, drug trafficking and other forms of trans-national organised crime, he said.
With the 'Islamic State' on the verge of defeat, Kazakhstanis who joined the group are likely to begin returning home, where they will face anti-terrorism measures.
Popular support in Central Asia for Islamist insurgencies in the Middle East and beyond is waning.