On Friday October 28, Tajik President Emomali Rahmon took part in an extraordinary session of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) Collective Security Council that was held via video link, according to the Tajik president’s official website.  

The session was reportedly also attended by Prime Minister of Armenia Nikol Pashinyan, President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko, President of Kazakhstan Kassym-Zhomart Tokayev, President of Kyrgyzstan Sadyr Japarov, President of Russia Vladimir Putin and CSTO Secretary-General Stanislav Zas.

The heads of the CSTO member states heard the report of the CSTO Secretary-General on the results of the work of the CSTO Mission in Armenia from September 15 to September 24, 2022.

During the session, the importance of strengthening political and diplomatic measures to normalize the situation and improve security in the Caucasus region of collective security, including on the basis of tripartite statements by the heads of state of Russia, Armenia and Azerbaijan, was emphasized.

In a statement delivered at the session, Tajik leader, reaffirming the determination of Tajikistan to continue to follow its allied obligations within the CSTO, noted the need to take effective measures within the CSTO to further develop the crisis response system.

Following the session, the heads of state reportedly instructed the Council of Foreign Ministers to continue working on a set of measures to assist the CSTO in stabilizing the situation on the Armenian-Azerbaijani border.

In addition, the parties discussed a broad wage of issues related to the financing of the CIS agencies.

Founded in 1992, the Collective Security Treaty Organization is a Russia-led military alliance currently grouping the six former Soviet republics of Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia and Tajikistan.