Japan, Tajikistan to cooperate for peace in Afghanistan

Dushanbe,August 30, 2004 - Japanese Foreign Minister Yoriko Kawaguchi and Tajik President Emomali Rahmonov agreed Monday in Dushanbe their countries will reinforce cooperation to promote peace in Afghanistan, Japan's Foreign Ministry said.

They pledged to coordinate efforts in Japan and Tajikistan to promote Afghan peace and stability as the situation there affects Tajikistan's stability and prosperity, the ministry said.

Japan and the five nations -- Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan earlier vowed during the in Astana, Kazakhstan meeting to strengthen cooperation on issues such as antiterrorism and energy development, the ministry said.