Tensions have been mounting in western Asia following the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan final month, with Tajikistan reportedly beefing up its army presence on the Tajik-Afghan border in response. 

The Russian overseas ministry mentioned Thursday it has been made conscious of stories that Tajik army troops have been stationed alongside the border between Afghanistan and Tajikistan and urged a peaceful decision. 

“We observe with concern the growing tensions in Tajik-Afghan relations amid mutually strong statements by the leadership of the two countries,” ministry spokesman Alexei Zaitsev mentioned Thursday, in response to Reuters

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The Tajik authorities has exchanged blows with the newly instated Taliban regime in current weeks, condemning the rebel group’s lack of range within the Taliban’s interim authorities and expressing issues over stability within the area. 

“Recent developments in Afghanistan, linked to the political and humanitarian crisis and governance, pose a serious threat to regional security and stability,” Tajik President Emomali Rahmon mentioned in an address to the U.N. General Assembly final week. “The current situation is a humanitarian catastrophe.”

“The growing intensity of fights between the ethnic groups and tribes in Afghanistan is another factor further destabilizing the political and security situation in our neighboring country,” he added.

In change, the Taliban warned the Tajik authorities in opposition to interfering in its inner affairs.

The rebel group has moreover despatched “tens of thousands” of fighters to the Takhar province in northern Afghanistan – which borders Tajikistan, Reuters reported Thursday. 

Tajikistan additionally hosted a army parade this week in a southern province close to the Afghan border.

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U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin on Wednesday expressed concern for U.S.-trained Afghan allies who fled to Tajikistan following the collapse of Kabul to the Taliban.

The Biden administration has confronted fierce backlash for its dealing with of the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan and the chaotic evacuation that adopted. 

The U.S. evacuated over 124,000 Americans and Afghan allies by Aug. 30, however the State Department was not in a position to full the evacuation of all Afghan allies and now lawmakers are demanding solutions. 

“We have gotten no assistance at all from the State Department to move them,” Rep. Austin Scott, R-Ga., informed Austin.

Scott mentioned Afghans who fled to neighboring counties like Tajikistan, have but to obtain any help from the administration. 

“We had people in Uzbekistan – the State Department ignored them as well and said they would get to them when they got to ’em,” Scott mentioned. “We have a lady in Tajikistan that’s nine months pregnant. That’s one of our pilots. And we need help removing them.”

Fox News couldn’t instantly attain the State Department for touch upon the escalating state of affairs in western Asia.