Kazakh President calls tarticipants of 1th meeting of secretaries of Security Councils of Central Asian countries in Astana to focus on Afghanistan

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Kazakhstan's President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, in welcoming the secretaries of the Security Councils of the Central Asian countries, noted, that the first meeting in this format is intended to become an effective platform for uniting efforts to prevent external and internal challenges and threats, as well as for developing necessary response measures, according to a statement from the press service of the President of Kazakhstan.

Most of the modern challenges and threats are transnational in nature, so countering them requires joint efforts, Tokayev told the meeting participants.

"First and foremost, we are talking about combating international extremism and terrorism, drug trafficking, and arms trade. In this regard, Afghanistan should be the focus of our common attention. Complex and diverse processes are occurring in this country," the Kazakh leader noted.

"We must acknowledge that there are certain signs of stabilization and economic revitalization in this country. On the other hand, there remain high risks associated with the activities of international terrorist organizations, as evidenced by the bloody terrorist attack in the Moscow region. In our view, one of the strategic tasks at the current stage is the active involvement of Afghanistan in regional ties. Much depends on the coordinated position of our countries," emphasized Tokayev.

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May 17, 2024