Afghan forces’ training to be fast-tracked
The third quadrilateral summit was held in Tajikistan last month where Pakistan, Tajikistan, Russia and Afghanistan agreed to work closely to combat terrorism, drug trafficking and organized crime, and stressed the importance of linking their countries through modern highways and railroads.
“The heads of state emphasize that reduction of foreign military presence in Afghanistan should be accompanied by adequate increase of efforts by the participants of the international coalition for training and arming Afghan national security structures,” said a joint statement issued at the end of the meeting of heads of state of Afghanistan, Pakistan, Tajikistan and Russia.
The four nations also agreed to work more closely to combat extremism and drug trafficking along with organized crimes. “We are ready to develop our cooperation with Afghanistan both in economic terms and in supporting a dialogue on security issues,” Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said during a separate meeting with the Afghan president.
Meanwhile, President Zardari and Hamid Karzai met on the sidelines of the summit and discussed the issue of Pak-Afghan transit trade agreement and emphasized on its smooth functioning.
Russia lamented a lack of progress in joint energy projects with Pakistan and Afghanistan that could help bring stability to the volatile region. Mr. Medvedev said Russia was ready to invest in the joint energy projects.
The leaders also stressed cooperation to fight and eradicate terrorism and extremism. Russia and Pakistan urged the NATO-led coalition in Afghanistan to step up the training of local security forces as it completes its planned phased withdrawal.
The four leaders also adopted a joint declaration stressing the importance of linking their countries through modern highways and railroads to improve joint cooperation.