DUSHANBE, 17 September (BelTA) – Afghanistan should be free from terrorism and drugs, it should be peaceful and united, Tajikistan President Emomali Rahmon said as he opened the anniversary summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) on 17 September, BelTA has learned.
Tajikistan's leader noted that the world is changing rapidly and is facing a high level of tension, an increase in conflict potential, and a crisis in the international security system. This includes such challenges as extremism, separatism, cross-border organized crime, including drug trafficking and cybercrime. Of particular concern is the situation in Afghanistan where the political crisis is aggravated by a social and humanitarian crisis, the Tajikistan president stated.
He emphasized that the situation in Afghanistan directly affects security in Central Asia. “Over nearly half a century of civil war, Afghanistan turned into an arena of geopolitical games, which ended up with the events of 2001, and similar events may happen again. Therefore the world should not turn the blind eye to the fate of the Afghan people,” Emomali Rahmon is sure.
“We want to see Afghanistan free from terrorism and drugs, we want it to be a peaceful and united, successfully developing state. We believe that the political system in Afghanistan should be determined by Afghan people without the intervention of other countries. The attempts to impose certain political models regardless of what a multi-ethnic Afghan nation wants can lead to tremendous negative consequences,” Tajikistan's leader emphasized.
He deems it necessary to take action to counter the challenges and threats emanating from Afghanistan, including by strengthening the capacity of the SCO regional anti-terrorist structure and enhancing the interaction of law enforcement agencies and special services.