"This is a commitment that should be assumed by those countries, which knew how Afghanistan should live, promised something to the people of this country, led them somewhere, and now should translate into life all those words that have been said over 20 years", Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said when asked who should receive refugees from Afghanistan.
According to the spokeswoman, Moscow expects the country to return to peace.
"We noted the Taliban’s [banned in Russia] readiness to hold general elections in the country. It is encouraging that preparations are underway to resume the operation of the Kabul international airport, "Zakharova told a press conference.
"Also in Dushanbe, a quadripartite meeting of the foreign ministers of Russia, China, Iran and Pakistan is planned, during which they will discuss a number of problems on the international agenda, including the current situation, of course, in Afghanistan," she said at a briefing.
Earlier this week, German media reported that the country allowed entry to 2,000 rights activists, artists, scientists and journalists from Afghanistan.
President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev will take part in the summit of the heads of the SCO member states in Dushanbe on September 16-17. After the meeting, the chairmanship of the organisation will be transferred to Uzbekistan.
"The main priorities of Uzbekistan's presidency in the SCO include transport connectivity, strengthening the economic dimension of the SCO, combating the consequences of the pandemic, intensifying health collaboration, as well as cooperation in the context of more active involvement of Afghanistan in regional economic processes," Dunyo mentioned.
According to the agency, the concept and the plan of the next Uzbekistan's presidency in the SCO will be presented to the member states of the organisation during the summit in Dushanbe. Uzbekistan chaired the SCO in 2004, 2010 and 2016.
In 2017-2020, the Uzbek side put forward 32 initiatives at the SCO summits, 11 of which were implemented. They were related to security, transport, economy; scientific, technical and digital development; tourism and public diplomacy. In particular, a mechanism of meetings of the heads of railway administrations, the SCO Public Diplomacy Center in Uzbekistan and the Silk Road International University of Tourism in Samarkand, have been established.
The SCO is an international organisation founded in 2001 by the leaders of China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan. The SCO observer countries are Afghanistan, Belarus, Iran and Mongolia while the partner countries are Azerbaijan, Armenia, Cambodia, Nepal, Turkey and Sri Lanka. In 2021, the organisation is chaired by Tajikistan.
UNAMA wrote on Twitter that UN Special Representative for Afghanistan Deborah Lyons and UN Under-Secretary-General for Safety and Security Gilles Michaud "today met with intelligence chief Abdulhaq Wasiq about securing the safety of UN personnel, the threat posed by Islamic State [banned as a terrorist organisation in Russia], and the importance of humanitarian assistance reaching those Afghans in need of help."
The agenda will focus on the situation in Afghanistan and its impact on the security of the countries participating in the military-political bloc.
The meeting of the CSTO leaders will be chaired by President of Tajikistan Emomali Rahmon. The event will also be attended by Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko, Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev and Kyrgyz President Sadyr Japarov. Russian President Vladimir Putin earlier said that in connection with COVID-19 cases among people close to him, he must self isolate, therefore he will attend the meeting via video link.
"The Taliban hold all of Afghanistan and if they can sort of now work towards an inclusive government, get all the factions together, Afghanistan could have peace after 40 years. But if it goes wrong and which is what we are really worried about, it could go to chaos. The biggest humanitarian crisis, a huge refugee problem," Khan told CNN.