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CSTO member states discuss escalating security threats from Afghanistan

The Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) convened its 37th meeting of the Working Group on Afghanistan on Thursday, to discuss the evolving security situation in Afghanistan.

According to the CSTO statement, the event was attended by delegations from the organization’s member states and the Taliban Charge d’Affaires in the Russian Federation.

“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.” CSTO stated.

Furthermore, the meeting acknowledged Afghanistan’s precarious economic situation and the social and humanitarian challenges faced by the Afghan people.

Speaking in late March, CSTO Secretary General Imangali Tasmagambetov expressed concerns about the escalating risk of terrorist groups infiltrating CSTO member states from 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,”

A day later, Yuri Shuvalov, representative of the CSTO Secretariat, stated that the member states of the organization are engaged in continuous talks with the Taliban to find political solutions to respond to potential security threats from Afghanistan.

Russia, Tajikistan, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, and Kyrgyzstan are members of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO).

The 37th meeting of this organization was held while Tajikistan’s State Committee for National Security claimed on Wednesday that it targeted and killed two members of international terrorist organizations who had entered the country from Afghanistan.