July 7, 2020

Karzai advocates that Central Asian countries cooperate to curb terrorism

The former president of Afghanistan Hamid Karzai today considered it necessary that the Central Asian countries, together with Russia and China, cooperate to prevent the spread of extremism and terrorism in the region so as not to depend on the United States.

As Karzai told Efe in the framework of the Astana Club conference, which addressed the challenges of the great Eurasia, the recent attack by jihadists to a Tajik border post after crossing the border from Afghanistan, is a "clear indication "of the challenges facing the region in this field.

At least 15 members of the Islamic State (EI) terrorist group died in the operation of the security forces. Four others were arrested, according to the Tajik Border Guard.

"This should lead us to all Central Asian countries, to Afghanistan, and especially the great powers in the region such as Russia and China, to cooperate to take this matter into our own hands and prevent the spread of extremism and terrorism," he said.

He expressed his desolation that "the United States sincerely engages with Afghanistan and the rest of the region in this struggle to achieve this objective" of preventing the spread of terrorism and extremism, but maintained that "in recent years, despite the loss of life and suffering of young people, this has not been achieved. "

"If extra-regional forces cannot do it, then it is in the hands of the region … with the backing especially of Russia and China, to add all our resources to end the extremism that people suffer," he said.

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