Important For Outcome In Afghanistan
envoy Richard Holbrooke said in Dushanbe today that
Tajikistan was "a country of immense importance if one wants to have a
peaceful outcome in Afghanistan," RFE/RL's Tajik Service reports.
Speaking with reporters after meeting with President Emomali
Rahmon, the U.S.
envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan said Tajikistan was important for "ethnic and geographic and strategic
Holbrooke also said the greatest danger to regional
stability came not from the Taliban but from Al-Qaeda's
use of regional sanctuaries to train terrorists.
"I think the real threat in this region is less from the Taliban than from
Al-Qaeda, which wants to train international
terrorists, but that is an issue of common concern to the United States and to all the countries of this region, and by all the countries I
definitely include Pakistan and China and India," Holbrooke said.
Holbrooke added that he and Rahmon
"talked especially about energy and water and about Tajikistan's capabilities to help deal with the water crisis in other parts of
the region, especially Pakistan and India."
The U.S. envoy's stop in Tajikistan, which shares a 1,340-kilometer border with Afghanistan, is part of a tour of Central
Asia that began earlier on February 17.
On February 19, Holbrooke met with Uzbek President
Islam Karimov for talks on Afghanistan, and he also met with Kyrgyz President Kurmanbek