Afghan police officers stand guard at the site of a suicide attack in Kabul, Afghanistan September 13, 2017. REUTERS/Mohammad Ismail – RC1B57AD2BE0

The Bishkek summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) pointed out that there is no alternative to resolving the Afghan conflict through political dialogue and an inclusive peace process, SCO Secretary General Vladimir Norov said at a press conference on Friday.

“The member states believe that resolving the situation in Afghanistan as soon as possible is crucial for maintaining and strengthening security and stability within the SCO space,” Norov pointed out.

“The member states emphasize that there is no alternative to resolving the conflict in Afghanistan through political dialogue and an inclusive peace process guided and performed by the Afghan people, and call on all interested countries and international organizations to boost cooperation, with the United Nations playing a central coordinating role, in order to stabilize the situation in the country and assist its development,” the SCO secretary general added.

Norov also said that “further contacts at various multilateral platforms,” including the SCO-Afghanistan Contact Group and the Moscow consultations, were very important for resolving the Afghan issue.

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