The NATO Secretary-General, Jens Stoltenberg, said that Russia and China should play a role in preventing terrorism from spreading in Afghanistan following the withdrawal of foreign troops, Sputnik reports.
“I strongly agree that the whole international community, including Russia and China, needs to work to prevent Afghanistan from being a place where terrorist groups can operate freely and prepare, organise, plan, finance attacks against our own countries,” Stoltenberg said.
Besides, he admitted that the Taliban’s takeover of Kabul was related to the fact that Nato allies decided to end this military mission in Afghanistan. So, he claimed that any attempt to establish parallel structures will weaken the joint capability to work together.
In turn, the Chinese Foreign Ministry’s spokesman, Wang Wenbin, said that the chaos in Afghanistan is directly linked to the withdrawal of foreign troops and expressed hope that Western nations realize that this is not the end of their responsibilities, so they should provide economic and humanitarian support to the Afghan people.
As for the Russian President, Vladimir Putin, he called for uniting international efforts on Afghanistan and making joint decisions on recognizing political forces, emphasizing that combined efforts are highly needed to combat terrorism.