A concerted effort is required to fight terrorism as well as drug trafficking in the area.
According to the Kremlin, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping have agreed that their nations would speed up efforts to fight “threats” emanating from Afghanistan as a result of the Taliban’s control.
As part of their telephone conversation, the two presidents “expressed their willingness to step up measures to fight threats of terrorism and drug trafficking emanating from the territory of Afghanistan,” according to a statement from the Kremlin.
They also emphasised the “importance of creating peace” in Afghanistan as well as the “importance of avoiding the spread of instability to neighbouring areas.”
The SCO meeting is taking place this week.
During their meeting, President Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping “decided to strengthen bilateral relations” and “make the most of the potential” of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), which will meet in Tajikistan next month for a summit.
Several former Soviet countries in Central Asia — including those where Moscow has military facilities — share a border with both Afghanistan and China, making them a strategic location.
While Moscow has expressed cautious optimism about the new administration in Kabul, Russian President Vladimir Putin has expressed concern about Afghan terrorists fleeing to neighbouring countries as refugees.
The participation of foreign countries in Afghanistan’s internal affairs has also been criticised by Mr. Putin, who claims that Moscow has “learned lessons” from the Soviet Union’s decade-long invasion of the nation that began in 1979.
China, on the other hand, has said that it is prepared to develop “friendly and constructive relations” with Afghanistan after the Taliban’s ascent to power.