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Deputy Foreign Minister Ludin attends Shanghai Cooperation meeting on regional security
11/19/2012
Deputy Foreign Minister Ludin attends Shanghai Cooperation meeting on regional security

November 14, 2012

KABUL - H.E. Jawed Ludin, Deputy Foreign Minister spoke at an SCO meeting on regional security focused on the situation in Afghanistan hosted by the Russian Federation at the deputy foreign ministerial level, held on November 14 in Moscow.

The meeting was chaired by Igor Margulov, Deputy Foreign Minister of the Russian Federation and attended by Jan Kubis, Special Representative of the UN Secretary General for Afghanistan, Deputy Foreign Ministers of Iran, Pakistan, China and Mongolia, the Special Representative of the Republic of Kazakhstan for Afghanistan, the Directors of Afghanistan Affairs at the foreign ministries of Kyrgyzstan, and Turkey, SCO Deputy Secretary General and representatives from India, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, and a representative of the SCO on counter terrorism.

Briefing the meeting in detail on the security transition phases, political and economic processes and the preparation of the Afghan government, Mr. Ludin highlighted the achievements and progress made over the past decade and the existing challenges in Afghanistan and the region.

Mr. Ludin emphasized the role of the regional organizations particularly the SCO, where Afghanistan recently gained the observer status, in jointly addressing the security challenges.

Mr. Ludin also underlined regional cooperation as an essential element in deepening and strengthening of the relations among the regional countries and recalled, in this context, the importance of the Afghan-led Istanbul Process and the regional countriesí roles in and support for the Confidence Building Measures included in the process.

At this meeting the participants discussed other important issues, such as enhanced cooperation between the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation and the United Nations, the situation in Afghanistan, security in the region, the role of the regional organizations and the need for joint efforts to address the challenges of counter-terrorism, counter-narcotics and the fight against organized crimes.

The participants of the meeting expressed their support for the Afghan governmentís efforts on the improved security situation, the socio-economic development, the continued efforts on the peace process and the development of the democratic institutions. 

On the sidelines of the meeting, Mr. Ludin had separate meetings with Igor Morgulov Russian Deputy Foreign Minister and the Mongolian Deputy Foreign Minister.
     

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