2020 / 03 / 05
On March 5, in Vienna, on the sidelines of the 63rd session of the UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs, the SCO Secretary General Vladimir Norov met with the Deputy Minister of the Interior of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Mohammad Hashim Aurtak.
An exchange of views took place on the current development of the situation in Afghanistan, as well as on the possibilities of strengthening cooperation between the SCO and Kabul in the fight against drug trafficking.
V. Norov noted that an early settlement in the IRA is one of the most important factors in maintaining and strengthening security and stability in the SCO space. The member states of the Organization support the efforts of the government and people of Afghanistan aimed at restoring peace, economic development of the country, countering terrorism, extremism and drug crime.
The Secretary General informed the interlocutor in detail about the implementation of the SCO Anti-Drug Strategy and the Program of Action for 2018-2023. on its implementation, and also invited official Kabul to participate in the events provided for by these documents.
In turn, M.Kh. Aurtak stated the strong commitment of the Afghan authorities to the fight against the drug threat in the country. He drew attention to the need to unite the efforts of the SCO member states and Afghanistan in order to prevent the diversion of precursors - chemicals used to produce drugs.
The meeting also touched on the topic of cooperation on the implementation of the Roadmap for further actions of the SCO-Afghanistan Contact Group. Attention was paid to issues such as the exchange of information, the training of highly qualified personnel, the implementation of preventive measures and joint operations to curb the illicit trafficking of narcotic drugs, psychotropic substances and their precursors.
An agreement was reached to continue working contacts.