France to strengthen security cooperation with Uzbekistan

During an official visit to Tashkent on April 15, French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault encouraged closer cooperation between France and Uzbekistan to prevent terrorist attacks and youth radicalisation. According to Ayrault, exchanging information is necessary to fight against these phenomena. In a meeting with Uzbek Prime Minister Abdulla Aripov and Foreign Minister Abdulaziz Kamilov, Ayrault raised other issues such as economic reforms and human rights. 

Both the St. Petersburg and the Stockholm attacks in April were perpetrated by Uzbek nationals. The man behind the Stockholm attack was well-known to Uzbek authorities as an Islamic State affiliate, as was admitted by the Uzbek government itself, however, the perpetrator operated undisturbed. After the Paris attacks in November 2015, European security agencies intensified their level of cooperation. These recent attacks, as well as those which occurred in Istanbul in June 2016 and during New Year’s Eve, were entirely committed by Central Asian nationals, thus showing the necessity of collaboration with these countries.  

About author: Giorgio Sirtori


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