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Russian Foreign Ministry: Moscow hopes that Dushanbe will soften its position on the SCO-Afghanistan group

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The creation of the SCO-Afghanistan contact group was motivated by the concern of the organization’s countries about the negative development of the situation in Afghanistan and the intention to establish a specific consultative dialogue with Kabul

Russia hopes for a softening of Dushanbe’s position on the resumption of the work of the SCO-Afghanistan group.
This was stated by Zamir Kabulov, Director of the Second Asia Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation.
As he noted in a conversation with RIA Novosti, Moscow and most of the participants in the Council of Foreign Ministers of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization member countries have already called for the resumption of work in this direction.

“Our Tajik partners still have certain doubts about this, but we hope that in the near future they will also soften their position,” Kabulov stressed.

The creation of the SCO-Afghanistan contact group was motivated by the concern of the organization’s countries about the negative development of the situation in Afghanistan and the intention to establish a specific consultative dialogue with Kabul.

The signing of the relevant Protocol took place on November 4, 2005 in Beijing at the level of the (then) SCO Executive Secretary and the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Afghanistan to the People’s Republic of China.

The task of the SCO-Afghanistan contact group was to develop proposals and recommendations for cooperation on issues of mutual interest, and its activities were determined in the form of consultative meetings at the Secretariat or the Afghan Embassy in Beijing.

source:  https://tj.sputniknews.ru/20240611/mid-russia-dushanbe-pozitsiya-gruppa-shos-afganistan-1063174971.html

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