DUSHANBE, Tajikistan, Jan. 26 (UPI) -- The United Nations has increased efforts to improve cooperation between Afghanistan and neighboring Tajikistan to strengthen security and economic ties.
Kai Eide, U.N. secretary-general special representative to Afghanistan, recently met with top authorities in Tajikistan, including President Emomali Rahmon and Foreign Minister Hamrokhon Zarifi, to discuss ways Tajikistan and Afghanistan could collaborate, the United Nations reported.
Eide said the meeting, which included topics on combating the flow of narcotics out of Afghanistan and strengthening cooperation on agriculture and energy, among other efforts to bolster stability in the region, marked a positive step forward in ongoing efforts to improve Afghanistan's relations with its neighbors.
"It is important to explore opportunities for win-win cooperation between Afghanistan and its neighbors," Eide said in a statement.
"I see real opportunities and hope very much that these opportunities can be built upon."