Taliban-Daesh Cooperation “Has Complicated Afghanistan’s Case”

  • Date of Publication : 2/12/2017 at 10:22 GMT

Russia’s Prime Minister Demitry Medvedev on Friday met with Afghanistan’s Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) in Russian Sochi City.

In this meeting, Medvedev said the cooperation of Taliban and Daesh has complicated the Afghanistan’s case, the chief executive’s office said in a statement on Friday.

He said cooperation between the two groups in Afghanistan is emerging.

Ths Russian prime minister said “Russia is ready to have military and security cooperation with Afghanistan”, read the statement.

He said Russia supports a stable, prosperous and independent Afghanistan.

According to the statement, Medvedev said Russia is ready to cooperate in infrastructure projects in Afghanistan, including rehabilitation of power generating firms, distributing electricity in Kabul city, railway projects and supporting the CASA-1000 and TAPI projects.

Medvedev said Russia supports the Afghan peace process and will cooperate with Kabul based on the pre-established mechanisms.

Meanwhile, Abdullah said Taliban has provided the chance for Daesh and other insurgent groups’ presence in Afghanistan and that Afghan government is fighting against all these groups which are a common enemy to the two countries, said the statement.

“Insecurity is a challenge and our main concern and we are fighting against the insurgent groups,” said Abdullah.

Abdullah said the presence of Daesh in parts of the country has raised serious concerns.

Pointing out to trade ties between Afghanistan and Russia, Abdullah said Kabul has addressed Russian companies’ problems that wants to invest in Afghanistan.

“Afghanistan wants to have further trade cooperation with Russia,” said Abdullah.

Abdullah thanked Russia for its supports to Afghan peace process.

He called on Russian government to use its influence on Pakistan to eliminate terrorists’ safe havens on its soil.