Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah addressed world leaders at the 14th Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit in Tajikistan on Friday where he stressed the need for a joint effort against terrorism by countries in the region. 

Abdullah said terrorism is one of the main challenges for the country adding that Afghanistan pays the highest price of the war as it is on the first line of the battle.

He said Afghanistan is closely working with all countries in the region, specially Pakistan, to eliminate the roots, the area of their growth, financial sources, recruitment, ideologic training, logistics and human source of terrorist groups.

“As always, we call on our regional friends that the fight against terrorism, extremism and separatism require joint efforts and close cooperation and coordination between us,” he said. “We should treat all types of terrorism equally. We should not commit the mistake of differentiating between terrorists as good and bad.”

Kabul’s Peace Efforts 

Abdullah meanwhile talked on the Afghan peace process, saying that Kabul will continue its efforts to move the process forward. TOLO

“The National Unity Government will continue its efforts for achieving an Afghan-led peace and reconciliation,” he said. “This year, we prepared an inclusive plan for reconciliation which was supported by the international community. Meanwhile, we are supporting and defending our citizens, their rights and achievements,” he said.

Abdullah said the Afghan government will leave no stone unturned to provide the ground for trade, transit, investment and transition of energy and that it will continue to overcome poverty and unemployment and bring closer the region as a connecting hub.

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