International cooperation needed to crack down on the Islamic State terrorists in Afghanistan
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov is urging tighter international cooperation to end the war in Afghanistan. While speaking at the UN General Assembly Wednesday, Lavrov said Northern Afghanistan can become a new hot-bed for Islamic terror.
The minister then stressed that Russian intelligence services have discovered a rising presence of Islamic State militants in the area. His comments come as U.S. and Afghan forces are mounting military pressure on the Taliban and Al-Qaeda in Southern Afghanistan.
Lavrov said ISIS-K are posing a serious threat to regional stability in Central Asia.
“It requires assistance to Afghanistan from outside in order to help it deal with these threats and challenges,” he stated. “As we have learned during last years, none of the economic cooperation plans for Central Asia can be fulfilled without reacting to the threats coming from this state”
The Russian foreign minister stressed foreign countries may be supporting some Afghan terror groups to advance their political and diplomatic agenda in the war-torn country.