Uzbek defence minister confers in Dushanbe with Tajik colleague


DUSHANBE -- An Uzbek delegation headed by Defence Minister Bakhodir Kurbanov met with Tajik officials in Dushanbe for talks on unspecified matters, the Tashkent Times reported Friday (September 27).

The official visit is the first of an Uzbek defence minister to Tajikistan in 28 years.

Kurbanov conferred with Tajik Defence Minister Sherali Mirzo and visited the aviation department of the Tajik Military Institute.

Earlier this month, the security councils of Uzbekistan and Tajikistan inked a memorandum of co-operation in Tashkent on combating terrorism and extremism.

Uzbek and Tajik troops took part in joint military exercises September 18-21, 2018, in Sughd Province in what military officials described as a sign of expanding co-operation between the two Central Asian nations.

The "Indestructible Brotherhood" drills were the first since the two countries' independence from the Soviet Union in 1991.

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