Tajik President Emomali Rahmon yesterday received the Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations, Head of the UN Office of Counter-Terrorism (UNCOT) Vladimir Voronkov, who arrived in Dushanbe to participate in the High-Level International Conference on “International and Regional Border Security and Management Cooperation to Counter Terrorism and Prevent the Movement of Terrorists."

The Tajik president’ official website says the parties discussed issues related to Tajikistan’s cooperation with the United Nations and its institutions as well as the results of the high-level conference on combating terrorism.

Tajik leader reportedly expressed hope that the outcomes of the Dushanbe Process, which is the result of the joint efforts of Tajikistan and the United Nations, will continue to strengthen international and regional cooperation in the fight against the growing threats of terrorism and extremism.

In the course of the talks, Rahmon and Voronkov reportedly considered it appropriate to take specific measures related to the increase in threats to the security of the region, including the spread of terrorism, extremism, religious radicalism, illegal trafficking in drugs and weapons, as well as other types of transnational organized crime.

The United Nations Office of Counter-Terrorism was approved in a resolution on June 15, 2017 with the consensus of the 193-nation UN General Assembly.  The creation of the office was also welcomed by Secretary-General of the United Nations António Guterres' initiative to transfer relevant functions out of the United Nations Department of Political Affairs (DPA), including the Counter-Terrorism Implementation Task Force and the United Nations Counter-Terrorism Centre (UNCCT), to the new United Nations Office of Counter-Terrorism.

Mr. Vladimir Voronkov was appointed Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations Office of Counter-Terrorism on 21 June 2017.