China and Tajikistan agreed on Wednesday to continue cooperation in combating terrorism and drug-related crime, the two sides said in a joint statement following a meeting between the presidents of both countries.
In the statement, both sides agreed that cracking down on the East Turkistan terrorists is a significant part of the international struggle against terrorism.
China and Tajikistan have signed the multilateral Shanghai Convention on Combating Terrorism, Separatism and Extremism, and a convention on bilateral cooperation in combating the three forces.
Based on the conventions, the two countries will maintain close cooperation in security and take strong measures to jointly combat terrorism in various forms, including the "East Turkistan" group, to protect regional peace and stability.
The two sides also pledged to combat drug-related crime, saying such crimes have seriously affected national security and social stability of the countries in the region, the statement said.
Both sides are determined to further strengthen coordination in combating such crimes including drug production and trafficking, it said.
Visiting Chinese President Hu Jintao and his Tajik counterpart Emomali Rakhmon met here Wednesday to discuss furthering bilateral ties. Hu arrived here on Tuesday for a state visit and the SCO summit slated for Thursday.