karzai sco summitAfghan President Hamid Karzai has said that the terrorism safe havens are located outside Afghanistan and warned that extremism was becoming a major threat to the whole region.

Speaking during the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit in Dushanba, the capital city of Tajikistan, President Karzai called for joint campaign against the growing threats of terrorism in the region.

President Karzai also warned that use of terrorism and extremism as a political tool is not in the interest of anyone and insisted that Afghanistan remains committed to cooperate with the SCO members and regional countries to fight terrorism.

He said said a peaceful and stable Afghanistan is key for the stability of the region and called on regional and international leaders to assist Afghanistan in its peace process with the anti-government armed militant groups.

President Karzai sugguested that the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) and the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) should work jointly to fight terrorism in the region.

He also called on close cooperation between the regional nations in other sectors including further development of economic and trade ties.

The Shanghai Cooperation Organization includes Russia, China, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, and Uzbekistan.

Afghanistan along with India, Iran, Mogolia and Pakistan are the observer states of the Shanghia Cooperation Organization.

President Karzai is accompanied by a delegation of high level government officials, including foreign minister Zarar Ahmad Osmani, national security security advisor Dr. Rangin Dadfar Spanta and foreign affairs advisor Yahya Marufi during his two-day visit to Dushanbe.