SCO Foreign Ministers Discuss Afghanistan in a Video Conference

The need for a consensus approach to establish peace in Afghanistan figured in a video conference of foreign ministers of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) states on Wednesday, seeking collective action to root out terrorism that threatens regional peace.

Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov, who convened the meeting, said the US-Taliban agreement had stalled and a settlement in Afghanistan would be possible only if it accommodates the interests of the war-torn country’s closest neighbours.

Most of the discussions during the video conference, also joined by Indian External Affairs Minister, Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi and Pakistan’s foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, centred round the Covid-19 crisis and the need for coordinated efforts to deal with its trade, economic and social consequences.

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