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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Central Asian Pact

TASHKENT, Uzbekistan -- Leaders of four former Soviet republics in Central Asia on Friday signed a security pact intended to help contain the flow of drugs and militants that threatens to destabilize the region.

The pact also aims at preventing radical Islamic groups from expanding their influence across the region.

The treaty, signed by Uzbek President Islam Karimov and presidents Nursultan Nazarbayev of Kazakstan, Askar Akayev of Kyrgyzstan and Emomali Rakhmonov of Tajikistan, calls for expanding cooperation between their security agencies and envisages joint military actions in case of attack.

All four leaders has established a strong secular rule, showing little tolerance for Islamic movements, human-rights activists and other dissent.