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U.S. Military Commander Discusses Security Cooperation With Tajik President

General James Mattis (second from left) meets with Tajik President Emomali Rahmon
DUSHANBE -- The head of U.S. Central Command, General James Mattis, has met with Tajik President Emomali Rahmon in Dushanbe to discuss security cooperation.

At the start of the talks, Rahmon said: “Tajikistan would like to see further strengthening of the development of ties with the United States in the sphere of security and the establishment of peace and stability in the region."

A statement released by Rahmon’s office quoted Mattis as saying Washington would continue providing assistance to Tajik security forces.

Tajikistan is allowing the transit of nonmilitary supplies intended for NATO-led troops in Afghanistan.

Earlier this week, Mattis held talks with the Turkmen and Uzbek leaders.

U.S. forces are due to withdraw from Afghanistan by the end of 2014, when Afghan forces will take control of the country's security.

With reporting by AFP