Imangali Tasmagambetov, secretary general of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO), said on Friday that there is an increasing risk of terrorist organizations from Afghanistan infiltrating CSTO countries.
According to a TASS report, Secretary General Imangali Tasmagambetov noted that apart from various terrorist groups, the forces behind illicit drug production and trafficking were also strengthening their positions in Afghanistan.
"There is an increasing risk that terrorist groups and extremist ideas will infiltrate the territories of our CSTO allies. Complex threats coming from Afghanistan are of particular concern," he pointed out, addressing a meeting of senior officials from the organization’s Secretariat and Joint Headquarters.
However, the Ministry of Defense of the Islamic Emirate denied the presence of terrorist groups along Afghanistan's border with Central Asian nations, noting that this ministry controls the nation's borders.
"Our borders are under our control from zero to one hundred percent, a border infantry brigade, border army compounds, and border posts are active, and Mujahideen guard their borders day and night. We have repeatedly rejected the considerations and concerns of the nations and regional organizations, and we do so again,” said Enayatullah Khwarazmi, Defense Ministry spokesman.
In the meantime, the foreign ministry of Tajikistan said in a statement that the Deputy Foreign Minister of Tajikistan, Sharaf Sheralizoda, and the delegation of the UK headed by the Minister of State for European and North American Affairs Leo Docherty, discussed the current situation in Afghanistan including maintaining borders and other issues.
"The Afghan people's cooperation must be gained, and they must understand that fighting terrorism is in their best interest. Cooperation with the police might be a great collaboration,” said Wahid Faqiri, a political analyst.
Based on the figures of the counter-narcotics ministry, "nearly 6,000 people" have been arrested on charges of drug smuggling and production during "nearly 5,000" military operations at the borders and in various provinces of the country.
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