Putin and Uzbek counterpart meet in Moscow, discuss Afghanistan

Moscow and Tashkent have vowed to continue their efforts for peace and stability in Afghanistan, the Kremlin said in a statement on Saturday, citing the meeting of the leaders of the two countries.

The meeting between the Russian President Vladmir Putin and Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev took place in Moscow on Friday.

According to the statement, which was quoted by TASS news agency, peace in Afghanistan “fully meets” the interests of Central Asia.

“Priority will be given to achieving peace and stability in Afghanistan, which fully meets the interests of security and development of Central Asia and neighboring regions,” TASS wrote, citing the statement.

Russia and Uzbekistan also called on the UN to play the main coordinating role in international cooperation with Afghanistan, that also includes retrieving the country’s economic sector and efforts to improve the livelihood of the Afghans.

This comes after Russia hosted the fifth Moscow-format in Kazan city last week, where the participants stressed the need for the formation of an inclusive government, counter-terrorism efforts, respect for the rights of women and counter-narcotics efforts.

They also demanded the Taliban fulfill its promises made in Doha.

After the Taliban came to power, the international community, particularly the regional countries, have voiced their “deep” concerns over the use of Afghanistan against their territory.

Most recently, the interior minister of Pakistan’s caretaker government, Sarfraz Bugti, said that the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan is operating against Pakistan from Afghanistan.