National Security Advisor Hamdullah Mohib while speaking at the 10th annual meeting of high security representatives in Ufa, Russia, expressed on Tuesday that there is high concentration of hybrid threats in the region, & it requires collective action to fight.
“In this context, there are several issues to be addressed in order to ensure national security of our countries & improve regional socio-economic development”, he said.
NSA Mohib said that counterterrorism efforts need to remain top priority, as in Afghanistan alone, at least 50 people pay the ultimate sacrifice in the fight against terrorism on a daily basis, which makes Afghanistan as the country at the frontlines in fighting against terrorism.
“Countering financial crimes is key to ensuring national security of our states. Fighting against money laundering, illegal money transactions through unregistered hawala systems, fundraising for terrorism through unmonitored charities in the region are a must”, he added.
Mohib also pointed put that terrorists and drug traffickers are two sides of the same coin and that narcotics is known as the main source of revenue for terrorism that generate billions of dollars every year.
He explained that there is a chain — from production to trafficking to processing and consumption — that include not just Afghans but many other countries in the region and beyond; Joint and coordinated actions are, therefore, required to fight this evil phenomenon.
“Cybercrimes are another means of hybrid warfare that threaten our countries. Afghanistan stands ready to enter into bilateral & regional partnerships to limit & eliminate the use of the cyber space by destructive elements that create terror in our societies”, Mohib highlighted.
NSA Mohib makes the trip to Russia on the official invitation of Russian Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev. This meeting of high security officials will be held on June 18-20.