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Belarus Convenes CSTO Foreign Ministers Meeting

The Collective Security Treaty Organization’s (CSTO) council of foreign ministers convened Tuesday in Belarus’s capital city, Minsk.

According to Russian media reports, the conference would cover international and domestic concerns, the Ukraine conflict, and the situation in Afghanistan.

The foreign ministers of Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Armenia participated at the summit.

According to the agenda, one of the topics of discussion would be the situation in Afghanistan.

Earlier, the organization’s member states expressed concern over Afghanistan’s extremist forces. 

Secretary General of CSTO Imangali Tasmagambetov has reiterated his concerns over the increasing risk that terrorist groups from Afghanistan will infiltrate the member countries’ territories.

 “There is an increasing risk that terrorist groups and extremist ideas will infiltrate the territories of our CSTO allies. Complex threats coming from Afghanistan are of particular concern,” he said.

The recent remarks made by several Moscow and CSTO officials revealed their concerns regarding the security and political situation in Afghanistan.

On the other hand, the spokesperson of the Foreign Ministry of Russia also expressed concern over security threats emanating from Afghanistan with the support of externals.

Russia’s foreign minister, Sergey Lavrov, has asserted that Washington seeks to foment regional instability by utilizing “active illegal armed groups” in Afghanistan.