Shanghai Cooperation Organization, UN mull situation in Afghanistan

Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) and the UN have discussed the situation in Afghanistan, the regional security and prospects for cooperation.

The discussions were held between Yevgeniy Sysoyev, director of the executive committee of Regional Anti-terrorist Structure of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO RATS) and Ashita Mittal, head of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in Central Asia, said the message from SCO RATS.

During the meeting, the parties exchanged views on the situation in the region and prospects for its improvement and expressed concern over the situation in Afghanistan.

Sysoyev noted that the increasing terrorism threat requires taking timely joint measures to ensure and maintain stability in the region and in the world.

The parties said that the current legal framework between the SCO RATS and UNODC makes it possible to actively cooperate in security sphere.

The Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) was established in 2001. It is a permanent intergovernmental international organization. The SCO members are China, Kazakhstan, Russia, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.

Afghanistan, Iran, Mongolia and Belarus are the SCO observer-countries, while Turkey, Sri Lanka, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Cambodia and Nepal are dialogue partners.

Source: Trend