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19 April 2018, 18:08

CSTO concerned over growing threat of export of terrorism from Afghanistan

During the meeting. Photo courtesy of the CSTO
During the meeting. Photo courtesy of the CSTO

MOSCOW, 19 April (BelTA) - The CSTO is concerned over the growing threat of the export of extremism and terrorism from Afghanistan into the CSTO area of responsibility, CSTO spokesman Vladimir Zainetdinov told BelTA following the joint meeting of the working group on Afghanistan at the CSTO Foreign Ministers Council and the working group of experts on combating terrorism and extremism at the CSTO Committee of Security Council Secretaries.

The Belarusian delegation was led by Nikolai Ovsyanko, Head of the International Security and Arms Control Department of the Central Office for International Diplomacy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The event was also attended by representatives of the UN Security Council team monitoring Taliban, Daesh, Al-Qaeda.

“The meeting participants pointed to the growing activity of the Daesh and other terrorist organizations on the territory of Afghanistan, the instability moving from the south to the north of the country, the growing threat of the export of extremism and terrorism into the CSTO area of responsibility,” the spokesman said.

CSTO Secretary General Yuri Khachaturov stressed that these problems require a common approach and consolidation of efforts of Afghans themselves and all interested external parties. Therefore the CSTO will continue to strengthen the interaction with the relevant international organizations, particularly with the specialized UN agencies.

An agreement was reached to send, within one month, the practical proposals to the CSTO Secretariat on the ways to improve the mechanisms of interaction between the foreign political, law enforcement and security agencies of the CSTO member states in the Afghan arena,” the spokesman said.

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