KABUL: Tajikistan Parliamentary Council voiced the country’s concern over northern Afghanistan’s “deteriorating security situation” during this week’s council in the presence of Afghan Parliament’s speaker, Mir Rahman Rahmani.
“Due to the deteriorating security situation near the southern borders of the Republic of Tajikistan, a CSTO Members State, the Council of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Collective Security Treaty Organization: Express its concerns regarding the high level of combat activity in Afghanistan, particularly in its northern provinces, amid the withdrawal of foreign military presence,” said their released statement.
The statement criticized the recent surge in violence, stating that “terrorist attacks in Afghanistan against civilians and stresses that the activities of Daesh and other international terrorist groups constitute a key instability component in Afghanistan,” while calling drug production “a major source of income for terrorist groups in Afghanistan,” calling on Afghanistan authorities, including the National Assembly, “to increase their efforts to combat this scourge.”
It similarly urged the Afghan government “to cease violence to ensure favorable conditions for advancing the peace processes and establishing Afghanistan as an independent and neutral state.”
The council expressed its commitment to support Afghanistan and help advance the reconciliation process through parliamentary diplomacy, the Afghan National Assembly, Afghan ethnic groups, and political forces, including the Taliban.
In the statement, the council reaffirmed its readiness to help improve Afghan legislation in combating terrorism and illegal drug trafficking, using the lawmaking experience accumulated by the Assembly, which includes the developed model laws and recommendations.
It also called for an increase in humanitarian assistance to Afghanistan from the international community, including national parliaments and international parliamentary organizations, to prevent Afghan refugees’ flow into neighboring countries.
This statement is released amid heated confrontations in northern Afghanistan, where the country borders Tajikistan.
Just yesterday, about 300 of Afghan National Defense and Security Force’s soldiers were confirmed to have fled to the neighboring country through the shared border after heavy fighting with the Taliban.
A security emergency in Afghanistan is considered detrimental to the region’s stability.