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Kabul urges participation in next SCO summit

Kabul urges participation in next SCO summit

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5 Jul 2023 - 21:49
Kabul urges participation in next SCO summit
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5 Jul 2023 - 21:49

KABUL (Pajhwok): Afghanistan on Wednesday welcomed the recent Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit and said participating in such meetings was Kabul’s inalienable right.

Leaders of SCO member states held a virtual meeting hosted by India on Tuesday. The meeting stressed the need for the formation of inclusive government in Afghanistan with the participation of representatives of all ethnic, religious, and political groups.

The summit called for an inclusive government in Afghanistan and stated that “the group considers it essential to establish an inclusive government in Afghanistan with the participation of representatives of all ethnic, religious and political groups in Afghan society.”

About the summit, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in a press release said “the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan welcomes such meetings to enhance coordination and cooperation regarding regional security”.

The statement said it was Afghanistan’s inalienable right to be invited to such gathering as being observer member of the bloc and its absence was an obstacle to all-out coordination.

It praised the SCO summit for voicing support for a free, stable, united, war and drug-free Afghanistan and continued humanitarian aid to Afghans and facilitating the return of refugees, saying Afghanistan was ready for all kind of cooperation in this regard.

The statement said the caretaker government had representatives of every language, ethnicity and region and the concerns of SCO countries in this connection could be assuaged with real understanding of the facts.

“The Islamic Emirate insists that the Afghan government should be given the opportunity to participate in the next summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization to be held in Kazakhstan.”

SCO member countries include China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Pakistan, India and Iran and Afghanistan is an observer member of the organization.

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