The European Union, as one of the co-organizers, will participate at the High-level International Conference on "Countering Terrorism and Preventing Violent Extremism" to take place in Dushanbe 03-04 May 2018 with a high-level delegation. Noting the importance of effectively countering terrorism and violent extremism, the EU delegation will be led by Ambassador Jean-Christophe Belliard, Deputy Secretary General for Political Affairs, European External Action Service, Mr. Gilles de Kerchove, EU Counter-Terrorism Coordinator, and Ambassador Peter Burian, EU Special Representative for Central Asia.
As noted by the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/ Vice-President of the European Commission Federica Mogherini: "We are increasing as a priority our work and cooperation on counterterrorism with partner countries. We have developed a network of counterterrorism experts that are deployed in key countries and a series of counterterrorism dialogues with our partners to exchange best practices and to learn from each other. The best way to address radicalisation and violent extremism effectively is by working together, in a comprehensive and concerted way."
The Council of the European Union adopted conclusions on EU external action on counter-terrorism last year, reiterating its strong and unequivocal condemnation of terrorism in all its forms and manifestations, committed by whomever and for whatever purpose.
The EU delegation will take part in the work of the Conference, side-events, and eventual field mission to the Tajik-Uzbek border.