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Northern Afghanistan new springboard for terrorists: Lavrov

Anum RizwanWeb Editor

26th Sep, 2019. 01:10 pm
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Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said that the north of Afghanistan is becoming a new springboard for international terrorist organizations.

According to Afghan media, Sergey Lavrov, while addressing the United Nations Security Council, said that the north of Afghanistan risks becoming a new springboard for Daesh and other international terrorist organizations.

Lavrov said that the Collective Security Treaty Organization and the Shanghai Cooperation Organization have focused their attention on the threats coming from Afghanistan.

Russian Foreign Minister added that it requires relevant external assistance to Afghanistan in order to overcome those threats and challenges.

He pointed out that recent experience demonstrates that economic cooperation with Afghanistan cannot be implemented unless the threats there are addressed.

“In this context, I would like to point out that this reality is the foundation for work of the SCO-Afghanistan contact group, which is implementing the road map, approved this year, for the development of cooperation between the SCO members and Kabul,” he said.

Before addressing the United Nations Security Council, Russian Foreign Minister attended a trilateral meeting with his Iranian and Turkish counterparts, in which the Ministers discussed about forming Syrian constitutional committee.

The members of the Security Council, as well as some UN member states, delivered statements at the debate.

At the UN Security Council, Foreign Ministers highlighted the importance of preventative measures in the fight against terrorism.

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