KABUL: Led by Russia, the Central Asian countries have expressed their deep concern over the threat of terrorism spreading in the region perceived to be due to the growing activity of international terrorist organizations in Afghanistan.
Defense ministers of Russia and Central Asian countries met in Moscow on Friday to strengthen their coordination and form common approaches to combating these structures. The meeting was attended by the Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu and his counterparts from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan – Ruslan Zhaksylykov, Baktybek Bekbolotov, Sherali Mirzo and Bakhodir Kurbanov, respectively.
“The situation remains rather tense and serious. Everything that our American colleagues left there continues to degrade. All the risks that we talked about are growing. This is also a manifestation of international terrorism… There are also the weapons that have been left by the Americans in huge quantities and its distribution into not the best hands,” commented the Russian Army General.
Today, Shoigu told the gathering of defence ministers that there is a “growing military danger” in Central Asia with the activation of international and regional terrorist organizations in Afghanistan, primarily the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant and Al-Qaeda.
“The leaders of international terrorists consider Afghan territory as a base for infiltrating neighbouring countries and creating an extensive network of jihadist underground, replenished, among other things, by transferring militants from hot spots,” said Shoigu.