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President Ghani to Attend SCO Summit in China

President Ghani to Attend SCO Summit in China

KABUL - President Ashraf Ghani will attend the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Summit in Qingdao, in eastern China's Shandong Province, on Saturday and Sunday.
The 18th SCO Summit is scheduled for June 9 to 10 in Qingdao.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said the summit will discuss the fight against insurgency in Afghanistan and the region.
“We hope that all countries will cooperate with us in fighting terrorism and drug dealers. Another crucial issue for us is regional connectivity,” said Sebghatullah Ahmadi, spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The ongoing war in Afghanistan and its impact on countries in the region is one of the main concerns of the organization.
“Tajikistan has an active role in the security sector of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization,” said Yue Bin, Ambassador of China in Tajikistan.
He said being a neighbor of Afghanistan, Tajikistan has been affected by the influence of terrorists and that Tajikistan needs the support of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization.
“A decision should be made against the countries which have membership of the organization so that they stop funding terrorists and producing terrorists,” said Abdul Qadir Zazai Watandost, a member of the International Relations Committee of the Afghan parliament.
The office of the Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah meanwhile said Afghanistan needs regional and international cooperation in fighting terrorism.
“In order to eliminate terrorists whose threat is common, we need regional and international cooperation,” said Omid Maisam, the chief executive’s deputy spokesman.
President Ashraf Ghani, the acting foreign minister Salahuddin Rabbani and other senior government officials will attend the summit.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs says Kabul continues its efforts to get permanent membership of Shanghai Cooperation Organization. (Tolo news)