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Russian, Tajik presidents to discuss Afghanistan


Kabul: The situation in Afghanistan will be high on the agenda of talks between Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Tajik counterpart Emomali Rahmon in the Kremlin on Tuesday, according to materials distributed among journalists in the run-up to the Russian-Tajik summit.

“Special attention will be given to key regional problems, among them the situation in Afghanistan,” the materials said.

“The positions of Russia and Tajikistan on the situation in Afghanistan are close, including on important aspects such as the formation of an ethno-politically balanced government, stepping up the fight against terrorism and drug trafficking and ensuring basic human rights norms for all nationalities, including ethnic Tajiks,” the document said.

Putin and Rahmon will also discuss migration issues.

“In Russia, there are around 1.2 million migrant workers from Tajikistan who enjoy significant preferences. In particular, under the law Tajik citizens are permitted to stay for an extended period (15 days) in Russia without registering with the authorities, and they can also receive a work permit valid for up to three years,” the materials said.

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