Dushanbe. August 23. INTERFAX-The CSTO countries have agreed to accelerate work on strengthening the Tajik-Afghan border, the press service of the President of Tajikistan reported on Monday.
"An agreement has been reached to speed up the work on the adoption of a targeted interstate program proposed by Tajikistan within the framework of the CSTO to strengthen sections of the Tajik-Afghan border," the statement said following an extraordinary session of the CSTO Collective Security Council held in the format of a videoconference.
The leaders of the countries held a thorough exchange of views on the situation in Afghanistan and its impact on the security of the organization's member States.
"During the session, the Member States noted with concern the sharp deterioration of the situation in Afghanistan. They stressed the importance of responsible restoration of state power in Afghanistan through an inclusive peaceful dialogue, taking into account the interests of all public, political, ethnic and religious groups of the country," the message reads.
The CSTO agreed to jointly counteract the challenges and threats emanating from the territory of Afghanistan.
"Taking into account the increasing presence of militants of international terrorist organizations in Afghanistan, who use this country as a reserve platform for creating strong points for further activities and their expansion, the CSTO member states agreed to make additional efforts to develop cooperation in countering challenges and threats emanating from the territory of Afghanistan," the press service reports.