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Afghanistan not lone target of terrorists: Rabbani to SCO

Afghanistan not lone target of terrorists: Rabbani to SCO

Jun 05, 2015 - 15:54

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Afghan Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani has warned the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) of dangerous consequences at regional and international levels if the organisation avoided cooperation against terrorism in Afghanistaninfo-icon.

“Terrorism is a great threat both at regional and international level and has threatened innocent human lives and peace without knowing any state boundaries,” Rabbani told the SCO foreign ministers’ meeting in Moscow.

He said Afghanistan was one of the frontline states against terrorism for the last two decades. He said terrorism in Afghanistan not an entirely internal phenomenon but closely linked with regional affairs.

“Our security forces fight against Talibaninfo-icon militants, the Haqani Network, the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistaninfo-icon, the Uzbekistan Islamic Movement, al-Qaeda and now Daesh,” Rabbani said.

He added Afghanistan was not the only target of these militants groups but they had regional and international targets, with Afghan forces sacrificing their lives on a daily basis to prevent their advance.

Rabbani said Afghan security forces were not sacrificing their lives to protect only the Afghan people but to protect lives and peace at regional and international levels. “Afghanistan can’t stand alone against terrorism and it is high time to stand and cooperate against terrorism together,” he added.

Meanwhile, Rabbani held talks with his Tajik counterpart Sirojiddin Aslov and Iranian counterpart on the sidelines of the SCO meeting, according to Tajikistan's Foreign Ministry.

Aslov and Rabbani discussed state and prospects of further expansion of bilateral cooperation between Tajikistan and Afghanistan. They also exchanged views on a number of regional issues being of mutual interest.



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