US embassy hands over $500,000 border post to Tajikistan


DUSHANBE -- US Embassy Chargé d'Affaires Kevin Covert and Col. Gen. Rajabali Rahmonali, commander of Tajikistan's Border Guards, Friday (November 30) opened a new Tajik border outpost in Ushturmullo, Khatlon Province, according to a US embassy statement.

The outpost stands on the Tajik-Afghan frontier. Built under an agreement with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, it cost $500,000 (4.7 million TJS). The US Department of State paid for construction.

The facility includes "barracks, officer quarters, a latrine, a boiler room, a well, and a water storage tank" and will house 35 Tajik border guards and three officers, according to the statement.

It is "ready for immediate use", said the embassy, which called Tajikistan "an important partner in the U.S. South Asia Strategy".

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