MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Uzbek President Islam Karimov on Tuesday warned against the involvement of members of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) in a military-political standoff in Afghanistan.
"In light of the current difficult situation in Afghanistan and considering the lessons from recent history, it is imperative to prevent the SCO involvement in the military-political processes in that country," Karimov said at a news conference following talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Afghanistan has been mired in a long-simmering war with Taliban terrorists. Formed in the 1990s, the Taliban seeks to enforce Sharia law in Afghanistan and neighboring Pakistan. The group is known for numerous terrorist attacks against authorities and civilians in both countries.