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Russia and Afghanistan have room for cooperation, says ambassador


Kabul: Russia and Afghanistan have room for cooperation but the priorities of Afghanistan’s authorities and local businesses are still in question, Russian Ambassador to Afghanistan Dmitry Zhirnov has said.

“There is room for cooperation, the question is what are the priorities of the Afghan side itself, what are the authorities and Afghan business ready to invest in in the first place,” Zhirnov said on Rossiya 24 TV channel, TASS news agency reported.

Recently the National Security Advisors (NSA) of India, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, China, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan discussed Afghanistan situation and have taken several key decisions regarding Afghanistan at the Fifth Multilateral Consultations of Secretaries of Security Councils on Afghanistan held in Moscow.

According to a statement by the Security Council of the Russian Federation, these issues included the importance of fulfilling the international obligations assumed by the de facto authorities of Afghanistan to counter terrorism and extremism, drug trafficking, as well as to form an inclusive government system.

Meanwhile the Russian President Vladimir Putin, in this meeting said that “Unfortunately, since the American armed forces fled Afghanistan, the situation has not improved. International terrorist organisations are stepping up their activities, including al-Qaeda which is building up its potential.”

He added that despite conflicts in Ukraine, the significance of the situation in Afghanistan is not reduced, and emphasized that “The Afghanistan issue has always been important for us and now it is important more than ever because we do not want more points of tension on our southern borders.”

He also noted that the Russia contacted the Afghan leader in Kabu and plans to implement large economic projects that could stabilise the situation in the economy.

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