Secretary of State
Palace of Nations
SECRETARY KERRY: Thank you very much. This will be a very brief statement, but let me just say that I was extremely pleased to be able to meet with President Rahmon and to discuss a number of issues regarding our bilateral relationship. And I thanked him for hosting me here in Dushanbe and for sending Foreign Minister Aslov to Samarkand to take part in an important meeting of the five Central Asian countries. And we recognize that Tajikistan has the unique position of having – of being a Central Asian country with the longest border with Afghanistan and that that has presented some very real security challenges. And I emphasized the United States commitment to working with Tajikistan and with other countries in the region to strengthen the border security.
So we – as you can see, we squeezed a lot into a short amount of time, and the president very graciously invited me to come back for a longer visit, which I would like to do, and in the meantime we agreed to continue working with our teams on all of these issues in order to try to build as constructively as we can out of the C5 – the meeting of the five countries in the region plus the United States – to see if we can find a new level of cooperation and specific projects that we might be able to work on to further our interests together.
So I thank Tajikistan. I thank the President, the Foreign Minister, for welcoming me today and I look forward to returning sometime soon. Thank you very much. Thank you.