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Afghanistan seeks regional cooperation to overcome common challenges

By Farhad Naibkhel-KABUL: Afghan Institute for Strategic Studies on Saturday in a roundtable related the country’s problems and challenges to the region, seeking a regional cooperation to cope with the issue.

“Challenges in Afghanistan are exported from regional countries. Terrorists come from Chechnya, Uzbekistan, Pakistan and Arabic countries. Thus, we call on the regional countries to assist us in combat against these terrorists,” said Dawood Muradian, head of the institute.

He suggested that a common sense of responsibility should be created among Afghanistan and the regional countries, without naming specific ones.

Muradian elaborated that regional demands from Afghanistan were clear. “Their demands are fighting terrorism and drug trafficking as well as different viewpoints about the US military bases in Afghanistan.”

But our demands from the regional countries are not clear. So, the participants of this roundtable will discuss over explanations of Afghanistan’s demands, he asserted.

He said that the regional countries link all the challenges to Afghanistan and even accuse Afghanistan of being the source of challenges in the region, “which is not true”.

The majority of the challenges Afghanistan faces with is imported from the regional countries, he insisted.

“All the challenges should not be related to Afghanistan as well as all the challenge should not be linked with the regional countries. Thus, a common cooperation is needed among Afghanistan and regional countries to deal in a better manner with,” Muradian added.

It is pertained to mention that different governmental and regional officials attended the roundtable to discuss the regional transition and Afghanistan’s expectation from regional counties.

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