Russian Security Council Secretary said that Afghanistan poses major security threats and risks to member states of the Security of Shanghai Cooperation Organization.
Russian Security Chief, Nikolay Partushev, told members of SCO in India on Wednesday that it is “Important to watch the situation in Afghanistan closely as it remains tense and it is taking on protracted nature a year and a half after the Taliban came to power,” reported by TASS News Agency.
He warned the member states of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization at a meeting in New Delhi that the threats posed by Afghanistan include “terrorism, illegal arms, and drug trafficking, illegal migration and the spread of extremist ideology.”
“We believe that Washington and its allies, who are responsible for the critical situation in the country after the withdrawal of the occupation forces, should bear the bulk of the cost of restoring the Afghan economy in the wake of the conflict,” Patrushev said.
He added that Russia considers “the return of any US or NATO military infrastructure facilities to the region, including to Afghanistan’s neighbouring countries, in any form and on any pretext categorically inadmissible.”
The SCO meeting took place in New Delhi on Wednesday. National security Advisors of SCO members discussed the situation of Afghanistan and the region, including countering Terrorism and drug trafficking.
Meanwhile, Pakistan and China attended virtually in the meeting.
The Indian National Security Advisor, Ajit Doval, said in his opening remarks, “Terrorism in all its forms and manifestations and its financing are amongst the most serious threats to international peace and security. Any act of Terrorism, regardless of its motivation, is unjustifiable.”
Meanwhile, the SCO member states expressed their concerns about the growing threats of Islamic States Khorasan Province (IS-KP) militants in the country.
However, the Afghan authorities claimed that security forces had destroyed several ISIS hideouts and would not allow anyone to use the county soil against neighbouring or regional countries.