Army chiefs of Afghanistan, Pakistan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan meet in Kabul

KABUL (TCA) — A two-day meeting between chiefs of staff of the armies of Afghanistan, Pakistan, Kazakhstan, and Uzbekistan, and the Commander of Resolute Support Mission Gen. John Nicholson started on February 13 in Kabul, TOLOnews reported.

The meeting was hosted by Resolute Support Mission, and focused on the fight against insurgency and drug trafficking.

Kabul officials meanwhile said they hope concerns about security challenges will be shared with Pakistan’s army chief Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa.

“Discussions will be held on how to jointly combat terrorism and drug smuggling and to find a solution to the issue and this is good for Afghanistan,” said Afghan Defense Ministry spokesman Dawlat Waziri.

“Cooperation by the Central Asian countries will help us in restoring durable peace,” said Afghanistan’s CEO’s spokesman Mujiburrahman Rahimi.

The Afghan Presidential Office said President Ashraf Ghani earlier met with Uzbekistan’s and Kazakhstan’s army chiefs and said their visit to Afghanistan will open a new era for cooperation in the military sector between the three countries.

Participating countries — especially Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan — recently voiced their concern over the growing number of insurgents in the north of Afghanistan.

But NATO said it has targeted Taliban and other insurgents in the region – conducting a barrage of air strikes against them in the past two weeks.

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