EU interested in closer ties with Tajikistan: official
- from EU Business, UK - Sept. 29, 2003
The European Union is interested in strengthening its economic and
political ties with Tajikistan, members of the first EU delegation
to visit the Central Asian country said Monday as they arrived.
"The strengthening of cooperation between the European Union and
Tajikistan is one of the main goals of our trip," Antonio Di Pietro,
a European Parliament member from Italy, told reporters in the Tajik
The delegation will also assess "the state of democracy in
Tajikistan and the state of human rights in the country," Di Pietro
The visit, which is due to last a week, marked the first time that
the European Union had sent a delegation to this former Soviet
republic that borders Afghanistan.
Tajikistan, which was roiled by civil war after the disintegration
of the Soviet Union, is the most impoverished of the former Soviet
republics and is a major conduit for drugs from Afghanistan to
The EU delegation met with Prime Minister Akil Akilov as well as
other government and law enforcement officials. The delegation is
not due to sign any agreements during its stay.