Brunei-Tajik call to fight organised crime

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

BRUNEI and Tajikistan yesterday agreed to cooperate and take all necessary measures in efforts to address terrorism, organised crime, illegal drug-trafficking, weapon smuggling and other criminal activities.

Safeguarding and maintaining the security, peace and stability of both nations were among the topics for cooperation discussed during yesterday's bilateral meeting between His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam and visiting Tajikistan President Emomali Rahmon.

The meeting which took place at Baitul Masyuarah, was also attended by His Royal Highness Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah, the Crown Prince and Senior Minister at the Prime Minister's Office; and His Royal Highness Prince Mohamed Bolkiah, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

In a joint statement between Brunei and the Republic of Tajikistan on the outcomes of the state visit, both leaders affirmed the friendly bilateral ties between both countries and discussed ways to increase cooperation, as well as regional and international matters.

The two leaders agreed for their respective government and private sectors to hold regular consultations with the view to broaden the scope of bilateral cooperation.

His Majesty and President Rahmon stressed the importance of helping each other based on the principles of equality, respect of sovereignty, territorial integrity, and mutual interest.

The monarch and the Tajik leader ensure the protection of human rights based on the historical, social and cultural context of both nations.

Views on development of economic and technical collaborations were exchanged during the bilateral meeting.

The two leaders stated their mutual intentions to provide favourable conditions for investments and trade activities and to ensure the protection of legal interests of their citizens and properties.

As part of the bilateral meeting, Brunei and Tajikistan signed an Agreement for the Avoidance of Double Taxation and the Prevention of Fiscal Evasion with Respect to Taxes on Income and on Capital and a Memorandum of Understanding on Economic, Trade, Investment, Technical, Education, Cultural, Youth and Sports Cooperation.

There were also exchanges of notes on the Mutual Exemption of Visa Requirement for Holders of Diplomatic, Official and Service Passports and Bilateral Consultations between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Brunei and its Tajikistan counterpart.

Brunei Darussalam also welcomed the decision of Tajikistan to host the 37th Session of the Council of Foreign Ministers of the Organisation for Islamic Conference, with both sides expressing the hope that the result of the conference will contribute towards the strengthening of the bonds, solidarity and cooperation among the Muslim Ummah.

President Rahmon extended an invitation for His Majesty to visit Tajikistan. The invitation was accepted and the dates for the visit would be settled through the diplomatic channels.

Before the bilateral meeting, the Sultan received the visiting Tajikistan President in an audience at Istana Nurul Iman, soon after he arrived to the country for his first two-day state visit.

Also present during the audience were HRH Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah, HRH Prince Mohamed Bolkiah, His Royal Highness Prince Abdul Azim, His Royal Highness Prince Abdul Malik, and Her Royal Highness Princess Hajah Masna, Ambassador-At-Large at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

President Rahmon expressed his deep gratitude to His Majesty for the kind reception and warm hospitality extended to him and his delegation.

The Brunei Times