Tajik President Emomali Rahmon yesterday had a telephone conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin, the Tajik president’s official website says.

At the beginning of the conversation, Vladimir Putin expressed condolences to Emomali Rahmon on his sister's death.

In the course of the conversation, the parties reportedly exchanged views on a number of issues of the strategic partnership between Tajikistan and Russia.  

They also discussed the process of preparations for the upcoming official visit of the Russian President Vladimir Putin to Tajikistan.  

Rahmon and Putin also exchanged views on cooperation between Tajikistan and Russian within regional and international organizations.

In this regard, the parties discussed issues related to the holding of the next meeting of the Collective Security Treaty (CSTO) Collective Security Council and a summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) in the Tajik capital.  

Rahmon and Putin also exchanged views on a number of international and regional issues being of mutual interest, including the latest development in Afghanistan, the Tajik president’s official website notes. 

Tajik and Russian leaders reportedly expressed concern about the critical development of the situation in Afghanistan.  The parties reportedly agreed to closely coordination actions in this area. 

Recall, Tajikistan yesterday early in the morning put its entire armed forces on high alert for a combat-readiness check and relocated thousands of troops to the border with Afghanistan amid increasing security concerns in Central Asia over the Taliban's territorial gains in the northern part of Afghanistan.    Tajikistan has mobilized 100,000 active servicemen, 130,000 reserve officers and soldiers, as well as law enforcement agencies for the exercise on July 22 on the orders of President Emomali Rahmon, in the biggest such exercise in the 30-year history of independent Tajikistan.