Taliban Threats To Uzbekistan, Tajikistan Underline Tension Between Militant Group And Central Asian Neighbors

Taliban Threats To Uzbekistan, Tajikistan Underline Tension Between Militant Group And Central Asian Neighbors

Andrew H. Sweet

The Tajik government did not communicate directly with the Taliban. In August, it was made clear when the militants captured Kabul that until the Afghan government is "inclusive" -- meaning the large ethnic Tajik population is represented in government -- Dushanbe will not consider recognizing the Taliban as Afghanistan's legitimate government.

However, Since the Taliban seizure of power, Uzbekistan has worked to keep cargo, including humanitarian aid, moving across the Uzbek-Afghan border, and officials from the two sides -- from local leaders to foreign ministers -- have met to discuss issues of common interest.

Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan have been supplying electricity to Afghanistan for years as part of deals reached with the Afghan government of 2001-2021.

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