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Afghan, Russian Defense Ministers Discuss Military Cooperation, Terrorism

© Sputnik / Grigoriy Sisoev / Go to the photo bankRussian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu speaks at the 5th International Security Conference, Moscow
Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu speaks at the 5th International Security Conference, Moscow - Sputnik International
The Afghan defense minister discussed joint efforts to fight terrorism, drug trafficking and military cooperation with his Russian counterpart.

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MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Acting Afghan Defense Minister Mohammed Stanekzai on Thursday told Sputnik that he had discussed joint efforts to fight terrorism, drug trafficking and military cooperation during a meeting with Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu.

"We are a part of the same region, we have the same common threats which are terrorism, drugs, economical issues. These are the most important issues that we have discussed with the Russian defense minister. It was more on the cooperation on the counter terrorism, on military cooperation that will help to boost our ability to jointly defeat terrorism in the region," Stanekzai, who is currently attending the fifth Moscow Conference on International Security (MCIS), said.

The agenda of the MCIS includes international terrorism, as well as security challenges in the Middle East, Asia-Pacific, Europe and Central Asia.

On Wednesday, Pakistani Defense Minister Khawaja Asif, who is also attending the MCIS, said that Russia could play a leading role in the stabilization of the Middle East and Central Asia, while Western involvement has only exacerbated problems in the regions.

Afghanistan is experiencing political, social and security instability, as the Taliban Islamic movement and other radical extremist organizations, such as Daesh, which is prohibited in many countries including Russia, continue to stage attacks against civilian and state targets.

Formed in the 1990s, the Taliban seeks to enforce Sharia law in Afghanistan and neighboring Pakistan.

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