The Deputy Head of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), Markus Potzel, met with the Uzbek Foreign Minister and spoke about the situation in Afghanistan and strengthening regional cooperation with Afghanistan.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Uzbekistan, Vladimir Norov, wrote in a tweet on Friday, November 25, that he spoke to the Deputy UNAMA chief about the status quo in Afghanistan.
According to the Uzbek foreign minister, the sides also discussed the formation of an international negotiation group with representatives of the Islamic Emirates of Afghanistan during the meeting.
“We discussed situation in Afghanistan, implementing initiative to set up an International Group to negotiate with Afghan government to agree algorithm for the earliest fulfilling of mutual obligations of the parties,” Norov wrote.
The UN official, Potzel, traveled to Dushanbe, the capital of Tajikistan, on November 20 according to the UNAMA to foster regional cooperation with Afghanistan and the Afghan people.
With the exception of Tajikistan, countries in Central Asia maintain ties and engage with the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan. However, these countries are concerned about northern Afghanistan’s security at the same time.
This comes as Russian President Vladimir Putin has already issued alerts over the concentration of militant groups near Afghanistan’s borders as well as their efforts to infiltrate themselves into Central Asia and establish covert terrorist cells.