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Russia Calls on Afghanistan to Come Closer to SCO

Russia Calls on  Afghanistan  to  Come Closer to SCO

KABUL - Russian President called on Afghanistan to get closer to Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) on Wednesday at the 10th jubilee summit of the organization in Kazakh capital, Astana.
Calling for more active role of Afghanistan in the organization, Russian President Dmitri Medvedev said the initiative is supported by members of the SCO.
"Russia calls for establishing closer and multi-aspect cooperation between the SCO and Afghanistan, said Medvedev. - Afghanistan is our neighbor and its participation in the activities of the organization may be closer."

During the summit the Russian President said political stabilization in Afghanistan will depend on active integration of the country in the organization and security situation in the country could also affect security of member states.
"Russia is calling for more intensive and deeper cooperation between the SCO and Afghanistan," President Medvedev said.
The SCO has six members, including China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. Iran, India, Mongolia and Pakistan have observer status.
Afghanistan also applied to have an observer status in the SCO.

Meanwhile, the President of Uzbekistan, visiting Kazakhstan to participate in the summit, said there is no military solution to the problem in Afghanistan.
"Today no one has left doubt that there is a military solution to Afghan problem," said the President of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov at the SCO summit in Astana.

"According to our firm belief, the problems in the country must be resolved by the Afghan people only through a compromise between the conflicting sides, the involvement of the Afghans themselves, as well as socio-economic revival of Afghanistan with the assistance of the international community," President Karimov said.
The jubilee summit of SCO takes place today in Astana. Leaders of SCO countries will be summing up the first ten years of the activities of the organization, identify ways of further development and sign a package of documents, the main of which will be the Astana Declaration of the decade.
Home security in member states of the organization and the threat of terrorism make the main topics of the summit.
"In future, we will see Afghanistan as a peaceful, stably developing state, which will impose no threat to surrounding countries," Karimov said. "Uzbekistan will continue to pursue a policy of good neighborliness with Afghanistan." (Tolo News)