Russian President Vladimir Putin said at the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) countries that Moscow will work with the current Afghan government to fight terrorism in the region.
Speaking at the summit, Putin stressed the need to interact with the current government in Afghanistan.
“Cross-border relations of jihadists is a threat for all of us. Of course, we need to work with the current authorities of Afghanistan,” Putin added.
Tajikistan President Emomali Rahmon said the situation on the border between Afghanistan and Tajikistan is complicated.
“The base is being created in our close proximity (referring to proximity to Tajikistan), for the escalation of radical extremist ideology. Amid these alarming trends, the situation has been complicated around the perimeter of the Tajik-Afghan border exceeding 60 percent of the total border line between Central Asia and Afghanistan,” Rahmon noted.
He said his government will continue to enhancing the border and create necessary border infrastructure.
“For your information, dear colleagues, we built over 175 border posts in the Afghan direction over two years. But it's not enough,” Rahmon added.
Turkmenistan’s President Serdar Berdimuhamedow meanwhile said at the event that a stable Afghanistan would ensure the security of the region and that Ashgabat supports international channels to resolve the Afghan crisis.
“Russia is concerned about security in Tajikistan, and Russia’s concern is fair,” said Wali Frozan, a political analyst.
But the Islamic Emirate said that security is ensured at the borders of Afghanistan and it will not be a threat to other countries.
“Our country’s territory does not pose a threat to other nations. We are aware of our borders and have ensured the security of our borders with other nations,” said Bilal Karimi, deputy spokesman of the Islamic Emirate.
The Hindu Newspaper reported that the Regional Anti-Terrorism Structure (RATS) of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) on October 14, 2022, decided on joint measures by member countries to counter threats posed by international terrorist groups operating from Afghanistan.
According to the report, the decision was made at a meeting of the council of RATS hosted in New Delhi.