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    Uzbek President Warns Against SCO Involvement in Afghanistan

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    Uzbek leader Islam Karimov warned the Shanghai Cooperation Organization members against involvement in Afghanistan's military crisis.

    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.

    Uzbekistan holds presidency in the SCO, which also includes Russia, China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Tajikistan.

    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.

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