▲ Up
 
04:05 23-11-2017
АКИpress CA-News Tazabek Turmush
ADVERTISE WITH US SUBSCRIBE
KazakhstanKyrgyzstanMongoliaTajikistanTurkmenistanUzbekistanWorld
POLITICSBUSINESSINCIDENTSSOCIETYCULTURESPORTANALYSISSCIENCE
France urges closer security ties with Uzbekistan after militant attacks
Central Asia | politics | 13:47, 18 April 2017 | 1118

AKIPRESS.COM - France and Uzbekistan need to strengthen security cooperation in order to combat jihadist groups and prevent violent attacks, French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault told Reuters on Saturday during a visit to the Central Asian nation.

Suspected Islamist militants from the mainly Muslim ex-Soviet region of Central Asia have been blamed for two attacks this month: a metro bombing in Russia's second city, St. Petersburg, on April 3 and an attack in Stockholm on April 7, where a truck rammed a crowd of people on a busy street.

The Uzbek government said this week it had informed one of its Western partners that Rakhmat Akilov, the Uzbek national suspected of being behind the Stockholm attack, was an Islamic State affiliate.

Ayrault, who met Uzbek Prime Minister Abdulla Aripov and Foreign Minister Abdulaziz Kamilov in Tashkent, said security was on the agenda, as well as economic reforms and human rights.

"We have actively discussed terrorism and radicalization issues as both of our countries have some youth who are influenced by such groups and choose jihad," Ayrault said in an interview.

"That is why it is very necessary for us to have an exchange of information to fight against such a phenomenon. The terrorist acts that happened in St. Petersburg and Stockholm remind us of such a necessity," he said, speaking through an interpreter.

France has suffered a series of attacks by Islamist militants over the past few years that have killed scores of people. The country, which holds the first round of its presidential election on April 23, remains in a state of emergency, with army units patrolling the streets of Paris.

Ayrault said the level of cooperation between France and Uzbekistan, a country often criticized by the West in the past over its human rights record and lack of democratic freedoms, was insufficient.

"Of course, there is some level of cooperation but we need to strengthen it," he said.

Ayrault said he had also discussed in Tashkent the possibility of "displaying the rich Islamic heritage of Uzbekistan as represented by the ancient cities of Samarkand and Bukhara at the Louvre museum in Paris", describing them as an example of "enlightened Islam".

"This is just a project but I know that the Louvre curators are working on that," he said.

LATEST NEWS
18:02 'How can I not award my viziers' — Atambayev about Farid Niyazov and Ikram Ilmiyanov17:54 Atambayev: "I expelled US military base because we offended Russia and China"17:39 Normalization of Tajik-Uzbek relations might help finish construction of Rogun HPP — EDB17:35 Atambayev said his dream to hold fair presidential election came true17:15 Poverty is also a psychosocial problem17:13 House for culture workers to be build for $6.7 million – Atambayev17:12 Atambayev says he wanted to award his wife order of courage: "She could stand me 30 years"16:33 South Korean clinic might appear in Uzbekistan16:16 US Navy aircraft carrying 11 crashes into the Pacific Ocean; 8 have been found16:12 Atambayev congratulates employees of prosecutor's office on professional holiday16:06 PM gives 0.5-year deadline for Transport Minister to pull Kyrgyzstan out of list of air carriers banned in the EU15:54 Kyrgyzstan, Russia working on supplying fuel residues to Kyrgyzstan15:51 Kyrgyzstanis with biometric passports to be able to pass checks at airports without border guards15:33 PM Isakov: "Situation with Kazakhstan serves as a lesson for us. We must work on achieving fifth freedom of the air"15:28 New Deputy Foreign Ministry named in Tajikistan15:10 Uzbek newspaper journalist fined for illegal work activity in Russia14:59 15yo girl urges Kyrgyz Parliament to ratify UN Convention on Rights of Persons with Disabilities14:50 Hungarian businessmen plan to invest 34 million euros in Kyrgyzstan14:34 Salyanova says she does not want murder of her brother to be politically motivated more than anyone else14:18 Atambayev allocates addictional 1 million som for meals of truck drivers standing in queue on Kyrgyz-Kazakh border
© AKIpress News Agency - 2001-2017. All rights reserved
Republication of any material is prohibited without a written agreement with AKIpress News Agency. Any citation must be accompanied by a hyperlink to akipress.com.
Our address:
Moskovskaya str. 189, Bishkek, the Kyrgyz Republic
e-mail: english@akipress.org, akipressenglish@gmail.com;
Tel/Fax: +996(312)65-03-06