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SCO Samarkand Declaration: Inclusive Government ‘Critical’ for Afghanistan

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Saqalain Eqbal
Saqalain Eqbal
Saqalain Eqbal is an Online Editor for Khaama Press. He is a Law graduate from The American University of Afghanistan (AUAF).

An inclusive government for Afghanistan was deemed “critical” at the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Heads of State Council summit, which did not invite the Taliban.

During their three-day meeting, the heads of state of China, Russia, Turkey, and other SCO members issued a joint declaration stressing the imperative of establishing an inclusive administration in Afghanistan.

According to their declaration, the SCO Member States consider a comprehensive settlement of the Afghanistan situation to be one of the most crucial elements in preserving and strengthening peace and stability in the SCO region.

The declaration also stated that the SCO members are in favor of Afghanistan becoming an independent, unified, democratic, and peaceful nation free from terrorism, conflict, and drugs.

The three-day SCO summit concluded that Afghanistan should have a comprehensive and inclusive government with representatives from all ethnic, religious, political, and other societal groups.

The Taliban leadership was not invited to the conference despite Afghanistan being one of the key subjects of discussion.

According to reports, the Taliban’s exclusion from the summit was due to the issue of the Taliban’s international recognition as Afghanistan’s controlling authority.

The international community is pressuring the Taliban for their recognition, but they are refusing to comply with demands such as establishing an inclusive government, removing draconian restrictions on women, improving the deteriorating situation of human rights by upholding them and reopening girls’ schools in Afghanistan.

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