Russia’s Foreign Minister to attend regional meeting on Afghanistan

Uzbekistan will host the fourth Foreign Ministers Meeting of Afghanistan’s neighboring countries next week in order to further discuss a political settlement and ways to stabilize the humanitarian and socio-economic situations in Afghanistan.

Russia’s state-run TASS News Agency reported that Moscow’s foreign minister Sergey Lavrov will attend the meeting.

The meeting will take place in Samarkand in Uzbekistan on April 13 and representatives from Russia, China, Iran, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan will attend.

“The fourth ministerial conference of Afghanistan’s neighboring countries (with the participation of Russia, China, Iran, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan) is scheduled for April 13 in Samarkand (Uzbekistan). The Russian delegation will be led by Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov,” the ministry said, as quoted by TASS.

The Ministry added that the meeting will discuss further steps by regional partners to facilitate an Afghan political settlement and stabilize the humanitarian and socio-economic situation in Afghanistan.

“Given the complicated security situation and growing terrorist activity and drug production in Afghanistan, the coordination of counter-terrorist and anti-drug efforts of the region’s countries is especially important,” the Ministry said.

“Special attention will be paid to regional economic integration and implementation of transport and energy projects with the participation of Kabul in accordance with previously reached agreements,” the ministry added.