Tajik President Emomali Rakhmonov has again spoken out in favour of forming a government including representatives of all ethnic groups in Afghanistan, Zafar Saidov, press secretary of the Tajik President, said Friday after Rakhmonov's meeting with new US Ambassador to Tajikistan Franklin Huddle. According to Saidov, the sides also discussed the problems of regional security. The US Ambassador gave a high estimate of the Tajik President's principal standpoint on countering international terrorism, the press secretary noted. Discussing the situation in Afghanistan, Rakhmonov expressed his high hopes for the sooner peace settlement in Afghanistan and for this country's friendly relations with neighbouring states. The sides also discussed the condition and prospects for bilateral relations, Saidov said.
The Americans came to realise that they would have to either leave the region or weaken their presence there. It is Russia that is filling the vacuum now