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18-09-2014, 15:05

Tajik Ambassador, U.S. Senator Meet in Washington


Avesta.Tj | 18.09.2014 | Tajik Ambassador to the United States Farhod Salim met in Washington on Wednesday with the American Senator Ron Johnson, Tajik Embassy in Washington said on Thursday.


At the meeting Tajik Ambassador and American Senator discussed regional security issues, energy and communication projects and cooperation in fight against drug trafficking and terrorism.


Ambassador Farhod Salim called on Washington official to repeal Jackson-Vanik amendment for Tajikistan in order to expand trade and economic relations between the two countries.


The Jackson-Vanik amendment is a 1974 provision in United States federal law, intended to affect U.S. trade relations with countries with non-market economies (originally, countries of the Communist bloc) that restrict freedom of emigration and other human rights.


The amendment, named after its major co-sponsors Henry M. "Scoop” Jackson of Washington in the Senate and Charles Vanik of Ohio in the House of Representatives, both Democrats, is contained in Title IV of the 1974 Trade Act.


On 16 November 2012 the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill which would repeal the Jackson-Vanik amendment for Russia and Moldova.