Afghan forces’ train­ing to be fast-tracked

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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.

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