Moscow, June 4, Interfax - The threat posed by the Islamic State (IS) extremist organization in Central Asia continues to grow, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has said.
"IS units have already taken a firm foothold in Afghanistan, including its northern regions located near the borders of Central Asia. In these circumstances, one of the most crucial tasks facing the Shanghai Cooperation Organization is to coordinate political efforts to help restore peace and stability in Afghanistan," he told a conference addressing ways to maintain security and stability in the SCO region in Moscow on Thursday.
Lavrov also reiterated the importance of further promoting cooperation with Kabul in combating extremism and tackling the problem of drug trafficking.
"We are ready to deepen our constructive cooperation with Kabul in all areas. In our opinion, the need to broaden contacts with the Afghan side in countering drug plantations and drug laboratories in Afghanistan because its [drug] flow to our countries is increasing at an alarming pace and requires special attention," the Russian minister said.