The 37th meeting of the Working Group on Afghanistan at the CSTO Ministerial Council was held on Thursday, the organization said.
The statement said: "There was a detailed exchange of views on the situation in Afghanistan. The participants noted the persistence of unfavorable trends in the security situation, including the growth of terrorist and drug threats emanating from the territory of this country. It was noted that Afghanistan was still in a difficult economic situation and the Afghan people were facing problems in the social and humanitarian sphere."
However, the Islamic Emirate denied the concerns of the CSTO regarding the situation in Afghanistan.
“The collective security treaty organization should not have any concerns about Afghanistan. Afghanistan is more secure now than before and there have been no incidents and we don’t have any rebels and individual who are uncontrolled. The government has control all over Afghanistan and we don’t see any issue that could be considered insecurity,” said Zabiullah Mujahid, Islamic Emirate's Spokesman.
“Our geographical location caused the tensions to continue and the tensions among the regional and world countries have not let us have permanent stability,” said Yousuf Ameen Zazai, a military veteran.
“The message of the CSTO is clear. They are concerned about the counterproductive harm of the ongoing situation from Afghanistan,” said Hameed Safoot, a political analyst.
The event was attended by delegations from the organization's member states, the CSTO Deputy Secretary General S. I. Ordabaev, Charge d'Affaires of Afghanistan in the Russian Federation, representatives of the UNRCCA, the CIS ATC, the Coordination Service of the Council of Commanders of Border Troops of the CIS and the ICRC, according to the statement.
This comes as Pakistan news outlet Dawn reported that the Pakistan ambassador to Washington said at a seminar that “Afghanistan’s stability is imperative, first and foremost, for its own people who have suffered grievously over the past four decades.”
Elizabeth Horst, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Pakistan, said that the US and Pakistan are working together on security.
“We are working together to ensure that Afghanistan is never again a place for terrorism. So our future is together as partners, we continue to believe that Pakistan and the United States should work together,” she said.
Earlier the Islamic Emirate said that it has conducted more than 70 operations against Daesh in Afghanistan in which key Daesh fighters were killed.