The Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) is engaging in talks with the Taliban to strengthen security in the region amidst growing concerns posed by the extremist forces based in Afghanistan.
According to the Sputnik news agency, Yuri Shuvalov, the representative of CSTO Secretariat, has said that member countries are in consistent talks with the Taliban, expressing hope for a positive outcome.
He also stressed the need for continued political and military-technical preparations to respond to any potential threats from Afghanistan.
“CSTO is closely monitoring the southern borders of Tajikistan to detect any potential threats posed by various extremist groups known to be operating from Afghanistan.” Shuvalov told journalists.
In a meeting with the CSTO senior officials on Friday, the organization’s Secretary General Imangali Tasmagambetov said that there is an increasing risk that terrorist groups and extremist ideas will infiltrate the territories of CSTO allies and the complex threats coming from Afghanistan are of particular concern. He also noted that apart from various terrorist groups, the forces behind illicit drug production and trafficking were also strengthening their positions in Afghanistan.