Russian president proposes multi-aspect cooperation with Afghanistan
Kazakhstan, Astana, June 15 /Trend, A.Maratov/
Russia calls for more active integration of Afghanistan into SCO structures, on situation in which the security of the entire region depends, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said at the SCO summit in Astana.
According to the President, on this initiative, Russia is supported by partners in the organization.
"Russia calls for establishing closer and multi-aspect cooperation between the SCO and Afghanistan, said Medvedev. - Afghanistan is our neighbor and its participation in the activities of the organization may be closer".
The process of political stabilization in Afghanistan will depend on it, the President said. According to Medvedev, the situation in this country greatly affects the security of SCO member states.
The SCO consists of six countries - China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. Iran, India, Mongolia and Pakistan have the observer status.
Afghanistan applied for observer status at the SCO.
Talking about anti-terrorism activities, Medvedev said that Russia will send its representatives to the SCO regional anti-terrorist structure only after they have special training. The President called on SCO partners to follow Russia's example. It is crucial that this work would actively involve not only the SCO member states, but also the observer states and dialogue partners.
"Already there are appropriate legal conditions for this," said Medvedev.