KABUL, Afghanistan – During a meeting with the foreign ministers of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization on Wednesday, Russia President Vladimir Putin said the “situation in Afghanistan remains tense,” according to sources.
“…the security situation in Eurasia and neighboring regions still requires special attention on the part of the SCO,” Putin said as quoted by IBG News. “The situation in Afghanistan remains tense, and conflicts in the Middle East and North Africa continue unabated. Terrorism poses a serious threat, and drug trafficking, organized crime and cybercrime are on the rise.”
The participants discussed a broad range of topics to further develop cooperation in political, economic and social affairs, including the current hot issues of the world.
“The organization plays a major role in ensuring peace and security, as well as sustainable development in Eurasia,” Putin said. “Acting on the principles of equality and mutual consideration for everyone’s interests, we strive to conduct a joint search for ways of resolving today’s global challenges and we maintain close foreign policy coordination, including in the UN and other international venues.”
His remarks came at a time the United State is due to withdrawing thousands of its troops from Iraq and Afghanistan by November, complying a deal with the Taliban who currently is negotiating with the Afghan government for a major political reform in the country.