(MENAFN- Trend News Agency)
BAKU, Azerbaijan, December 9. The EU is going
to launch negotiations on a new Enhanced Partnership and
Cooperation Agreement (EPCA) agreement with Tajikistan, trend reports citing the
official website of the European Council.
On December 8, 2022, the EU Council adopted guidelines for the
European Commission and the High Representative for Foreign Affairs
and Security Policy to negotiate, on behalf of the EU and its
member states, a new Enhanced Partnership and Cooperation Agreement
The EU will negotiate an enhanced agreement that will support
Tajikistan's reform agenda. Closer and stronger bilateral ties must
go hand in hand with adherence to common values of democracy, rule
of law and respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms, as
emphasized by the EU during the Human Rights Dialogue which took
place on 7 December 2022 in Dushanbe.
'The EU is determined to deepen its relations with the Central
Asian countries, even more so in the current geopolitical
environment. The negotiation of an Enhanced Partnership and
Cooperation Agreement with Tajikistan will be a significant step
forward in this regard,' High Representative for Foreign Affairs
and Security Policy Josep Borrell said.
According to Borrell, this agreement will provide a platform for
improved political cooperation, trade and investment between the EU
and Tajikistan, incentivising and supporting reforms. Progress in
these negotiations will also depend on tangible improvements in
Tajikistan's human rights situation.
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