Medvedev Assesses the Possibility of Afghanistan Joining the SCO

  • Date of Publication : 2/12/2017 at 10:15 GMT
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When considering the possibility of Afghanistan joining the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, it is necessary to take into account the problems existing there: the country is under the influence of very complex political factors, it is combating terrorism, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said.

When speaking about Afghanistan’s application, the Russian prime minister said: “We understand that Afghanistan’s situation is rather difficult, as the country has been influenced by complex political processes, while the fight against terrorism still continues.” Medvedev added that Russia had been providing Afghanistan with “the necessary assistance.” “While making a decision on Afghanistan’s accession to the SCO, its domestic situation needs to be taken into consideration,” he said. “These decisions [on the accession of Iran and Afghanistan] will be made, but the member states will need to reach a consensus, and it will also require some improvement in the political situation,” the Russian prime minister concluded.

“In all likelihood, when deciding on the possible membership of Afghanistan in the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, one should also take into account the current domestic political situation, despite the fact that we have repeatedly stressed our desire to contribute to the process of national reconciliation in Afghanistan,” the Russian prime minister said.

He recalled that in the format of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, a structure has already been defined that deals with these issues in the format of the SCO-Afghanistan. “And within the framework of our bilateral agenda, we also try to encourage such processes in every possible way,” he said.

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