Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman holds talks with Tajik Defence Minister

Vastavam web: Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and her Tajik counterpart Lieutenant General Sherali Mirzo today held extensive talks, exploring ways to deepen bilateral defence and strategic cooperation, besides delving into the regional security situation.A range of issues of mutual interests as well as ways to boost defence and security cooperation were discussed in the meeting, officials said.India has also developed the Ayni airbase near the Tajik capital Dushanbe, which provided it a foothold in the Central Asian region.

The two countries have a joint working group on counter- terrorism and both sides have been making efforts to further broaden cooperation to contain the menace.The diplomatic ties between the two countries also have witnessed steady progress in the last few years.