On May 16-17, 2019 in Dushanbe, the Belarusian delegation headed by the Deputy Foreign Minister, Andrei Dapkiunas, took part in the high-level conference “International and regional cooperation in countering terrorism and its’ financing through illicit drug trafficking and organized crime” organized by the Government of Tajikistan in cooperation with the UN, EU and OSCE.
In his statement, A.Dapkiunas informed about the efforts of Belarus in the area of countering the financing of terrorism, stressed the need to strengthen to enhance regional cooperation with a view to strengthening global anti-terrorist coalition.
Special attention was paid to the importance of using new and emerging technologies to more effectively respond to the risks and threats of modern manifestations of terrorism. In this regard, the Deputy Minister drew attention to the high-level international conference on the subject of combating terrorism through innovative approaches and the use of new and emerging technologies, which Belarus organizes jointly with the United Nations in Minsk in September 2019.
On the margins of the conference, A.Dapkiunas met with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Tajikistan, Sirojiddin Muhriddin, and the Under Secretary-General of the United Nations Office of Counter-Terrorism, Vladimir Voronkov.
At the meeting with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Tajikistan, A.Dapkiunas noted the high level of organization of the Conference at Dushanbe, as well as impressive circle of its’ participants. Tajik and Belarusian diplomats discussed ways for further improvement of cooperation between the two countries in order to promote more effective multilateral international cooperation in countering the global terrorist threat. S.Muhriddin and A.Dapkiunas discussed issues of preparation for the official visit of the President of Tajikistan to Belarus.
The Deputy Head of the Foreign Ministry of Belarus and the Head of the United Nations Office of Counter-Terrorism emphasized the importance of strengthening coordination of the national efforts of the UN States Parties in combating terrorism. As a practical measure to facilitate such coordination, the sides discussed the possibility of preparing a list of national coordinators of the UN States Parties in the field of fighting against terrorism.
At the meeting with the Deputy Secretary General for Common Security and Defence Policy and Crisis Response of the European External Action Service of the European Union and crisis response of the European external action service, the Deputy Minister stressed the important role of the EU and the European countries during the elaboration of effective collective international strategy to combat terrorism and invited representatives of the relevant EU structures to participate actively in the Minsk International Conference on Counter-Terrorism to be held in 2019.