Consolidating efforts at the regional and international levels to counter violent extremism and radicalization was the focus of a two-day high-level conference, which concluded in Dushanbe on May 4.

The conference, entitled “Countering Terrorism and Preventing Violent Extremism”, was organized by the Government of Tajikistan in cooperation with the OSCE, the United Nations, and the European Union.

The conference participants included heads and senior representatives of foreign ministries and other relevant bodies from 46 countries and senior representatives of international organizations.

Thus, heads and senior representatives of foreign ministries and other relevant bodies of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Hungary, Switzerland, Bahrain, India, Armenia, Russia, China, the United States, Spain, Germany, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Canada, Belgium, Slovakia, Sweden, the United Kingdom, Ukraine, Korea, Japan, Iran, Indonesia, Afghanistan, Turkey, Iraq, Pakistan, Qatar,  Morocco, Jordan, Kuwait, Oman, Algeria, Syria, Libya and some other countries  participated in the Conference. 

Besides, heads and senior representatives of the UN, the OSCE, the EU, the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO), the CIS, the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) as well as diplomatic missions accredited to Tajikistan, partners for development, civil society and research institutions also participated in the Conference, said the Tajik MFA information department.   

The conference aimed to address the security challenges facing the countries of the world and unite efforts to counter terrorism, radicalism and violent extremism as the main feeder of instability in many parts of the world.

It also aimed at creating a common understanding of current challenges and exploring opportunities for strengthening partnership and cooperation at the national, regional and international levels to combat terrorism and violent extremism in addition to share opportunities and challenges in the implementation of Tajikistan's national counter-terrorism strategy.

The conference reportedly offered the opportunity to discuss current challenges and to strengthen international cooperation in this important field.

The event concluded with a declaration adopted by states participating in the conference.