The Islamic Emirate said its delegation has yet to be invited to participate in the Shanghai Cooperation Organization meeting due to be held on September 15- 16 in Samarkand of Uzbekistan.
“The Islamic Emirate has always had good relations with the members of the SCO. We hope this summit has good results so there will be progress via negotiations and diplomatic cooperation regarding the issues within the Islamic Emirate,” said Bilal Karimi, deputy spokesman for the Islamic Emirate.
Uzbekistan President Shavkat Mirziyoyev said that Afghanistan is an integral part of the larger “SCO space."
“The Afghan people need good neighbors and their support now more than ever. It is our moral obligation to extend a helping hand, to offer them effective ways of overcoming the years-long crisis by promoting socio-economic growth of the country, its integration into regional and global development processes,” he said.
15 countries will attend, including China, India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Russia, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan, along with observer nations Afghanistan, Belarus, Iran, and Mongolia.
The SCO summit is expected to discuss the economic, political and security situation of Afghanistan.
“The government should adjust itself with the region and beyond that with the international community in order to be recognized, so it can be present at such a gathering,” said Torek Farhadi, a political analyst.
“Afghanistan maybe is on the agenda of the discussion and the member countries will share their concerns and proposals. The security issue will be more in focus there,” said Janat Fahim Chakari, political analyst.
“The security issue is very important for the members of the SCO,” said Aziz Maarij, a political analyst.