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U.S. Embassy Sponsors Joint Training of Afghan and Tajik Border Police and Customs Officers

The United States Embassies in Kabul and Dushanbe provided training for 12 Afghan Border Police and Customs officers and their 12 Tajik counterparts March 14-17.  The Embassies’ Export Control and Related Border Security sections facilitated this training program in cooperation with the Department of Homeland Security, Customs and Border Protection to increase border security cooperation between the two countries.  Afghan officials participated in the training alongside their Tajik counterparts at the Nizhny Panj border crossing facility.
 
The U.S. Ambassador to Tajikistan, Ken Gross, addressed the participants during the program’s graduation ceremony.  He encouraged the officers to work together to stop the transport of illegal drugs, radioactive materials, migrants and other contraband across their borders, stating, “Training together strengthens relationships and understanding between nations.  Stronger cooperation means stronger border security.”
 
This is the first of three regional training programs that will include the Afghan Border Police and Customs officers.  The training is designed to help increase legitimate trade and strengthen border security among the countries of South and Central Asia by helping border security and customs staff to work together to interdict contraband, while expediting legal goods to markets.
 
In the past two years, EXBS has approved funding for over $14 million in projects in Afghanistan. 

For more information, please contact kabulpress@state.gov.