MOSCOW: Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has raised concerns over the presence of terrorists’ sanctuaries in Afghanistan alongside the border of Pakistan.
“Militants spread inside Afghanistan along the area bordering Pakistan pose a grave threat,” said Lavrov.
He acknowledged Islamabad’s efforts in the war on terror and reaffirmed his Russia’s support in making Pakistan a developed country.
During a press briefing late on Tuesday, the minister added that several agreements have signed between the two countries including the provision of helicopters and military equipment.
He noted that Pakistan’s presence in the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) will strengthen the ties between the two countries.
He further called for urgent talks between Afghan government and Taliban, adding Russia could host such talks.
“We strongly recommend that negotiations start as soon as possible… to put an end to the civil war,” he said.