Russia must partake in Afghan talks: Uzbek president
KABUL (Pajhwok): Uzbek President Islam Karimov on Tuesday warned the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) member countries against their involvement in a military-political standoff in Afghanistan.
Speaking in Moscow after his talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Karimov said: "In light of the current difficult situation in Afghanistan and considering the lessons from recent history, it is imperative to prevent the SCO involvement in the military-political processes in that country."
Karimov said it was important to resume peace talks between Afghanistan's central government and the Taliban movement, adding it was crucial that Russia took part in the talks.
“There is a serious and a real threat of instability spilling over into neighbouring countries and regions,” he said, adding “Russia has and always had its vital interests in this region."
The Uzbek leader said they believed attempts to resolve the Afghan issue without Russia were unreasoned and precipitous.
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