Jeenbekov warns of growing extremist threat in Central Asia


BISHKEK -- International extremist groups might try to expand their sphere of influence into Central Asia, warned Kyrgyz President Sooronbai Jeenbekov in an interview with Russia's Izvestia Wednesday (December 27).

"Terrorism and religious extremism can be confronted only by joint efforts of our partner countries," Jeenbekov said.

"State and society have to take adequate measures to fight terrorism and extremism," he said. "We adopted a state programme for 2017-2022 that is aimed at protecting the interests of the individual, society and the state."

The programme "takes into account Kyrgyzstan's obligations" under various treaties and agreements, he added.

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