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Iran ready to contribute to settlement of Tajik-Kyrgyz conflict

Iran is ready to contribute to the peaceful resolution of the border dispute between Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan. Chief of Staff of Iran’s Armed Forces, Major General Mohammad Bagheri said on Wednesday. IRNA reported.

According to the media outlet, such a statement was made during a telephone conversation with the Minister of Defense of the Kyrgyz Republic Baktybek Bekbolotov.

The parties discussed the situation on the Kyrgyz-Tajik border, as well as the supply of Iranian drones to Tajikistan.

The news agency notes that Mohammad Bagheri assured the head of the Defense Ministry of the Kyrgyz Republic that Ababil 2 drones have only reconnaissance capability and are not equipped with weapons and offensive equipment. He added that the Iranian Armed Forces have always emphasized the Tajik Armed Forces should not use Ababil 2 drones in border disputes.

It is reported that the parties also expressed their readiness to develop defense cooperation in various educational, operational and intelligence aspects.

Shooting began at several sites of the border between Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan on the morning of September 16. Settlements in Leilek and Batken district came under fire. The Ministry of Health reported 206 victims, 63 people were killed. As a result of the armed conflict on the Kyrgyz-Tajik border, residents of seven villages in Batken and Leilek districts, as well as Dzhekendi village in Chon-Alai district of Osh region, left their homes.

The Prosecutor General’s Office of Kyrgyzstan opened a criminal case on crimes against peace.