NEW YORK, JANUARY 19 – In the framework of the NATO-led ‘Resolute Support’ mission, Italy continues to stand side by side with its Afghan partners in order to enhance the capabilities of the Afghan National Defence and Security Forces (ANDSF). Italy also expressed full support to the Kabul Process, UNODC Regional Programme for Afghanistan and Neighboring Countries: “We also engaged in a successful triangular cooperation with Afghanistan and Iran in order to enhance the capabilities of Afghan police officers in the field of counter-narcotics”, an Italian delegate told a Security Council Open Debate on “Maintenance of international peace and security: Building regional partnership in Afghanistan and Central Asia as a model to link security and development”.
The threats of violent extremism and transnational organized crime in Afghanistan reverberate across Central Asia and the world and countering them cannot be the responsibility of one country alone, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said Friday, urging regional and multilateral cooperation, based firmly on human rights.
“Regional cooperation offers opportunities to address common concerns, including counter-terrorist financing, improving border security, fostering dialogue with religious institutions and leaders, and countering human trafficking and drug smuggling,” said the Secretary-General, briefing the Council meeting on building regional partnership in Afghanistan and Central Asia.
Convened by Kazakhstan in its capacity as the President of the Security Council for the month of January, the ministerial-level debate was chaired by the country’s Foreign Minister, Kairat Abdrakhmanov.
The debate was addressed by other senior ministers from the region, including: Abdulaziz Kamilov, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Uzbekistan; Erlan Abdyldaev, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Kyrgyzstan; Sirodjidin Aslov, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Tajikistan; and Hekanat Khalil Karzai, Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs of Afghanistan. The day-long session will focus on the link between security and development and the need to integrate the economies of Afghanistan and its Central Asian neighbours. (@OnuItalia)