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Abdullah seeks greater regional cooperation in fight against terrorism

Abdullah seeks greater regional cooperation in fight against terrorism

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Oct 12, 2018 - 19:05

DUSHANBE (Pajhwok): Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Abdullah Abdullah on Friday said terrorism and extremism were the two main challenges Afghanistaninfo-icon is facing in the region.

Addressing the 17th Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit here, the CEO said Afghanistan was in the frontline of the war against terrorism.

 He told the SCO member state terrorist organization that posed threat to the people of Afghanistan and the people of SCO-member states were still active in the bordering areas of Afghanistan and continued spreading terrorism.

“The presence of safe havens and co-networks supported through drug trafficking were essential and played the role of backbone for terrorist organizations. We have been working with all nations especially Pakistaninfo-icon to Target areas from where terrorists get training, recruitment, ideological and financial support,” he said.

He added Afghanistan considered Daesh a serious threat and the National Unity Government was using all its resources to eliminate the group and not to allow it to enjoy safe havens in Afghanistan.

Referring to Afghanistan’s strong commitment to regional stability and development the CEO said: “We consider the SCO an active and effective regional body where different nations work together for improved security, economic cooperation, cultural ties and investment on human resources.”

He added the SCO played a greater role than any other organization in regional connectivity, cooperation, joint policies making and more importantly it provided a platform to discuss vital issues such as regional peace, stability, and improved living standards.

Abdullah said the National Unity Government would continue its efforts for an Afghan-owned and Afghan-led peace process and a peace offer early this year was the manifestation of its commitment which was warmly welcomed and supported by the international community.

He said the government of Afghanistan would provide every opportunity for greater trade, transit, connectivity, investment, transfer of energy to eradicate poverty and increasing regional connectivity.

He stated Afghanistan provided a natural connectivity bridged to the countries of SCO and surrounding, adding the government was committed to converting Afghanistan into a crossroad for the exchange of goods, services, connectivity, and views in the region.

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