Sept 11 (AsiaFreePress): Intelligence chiefs of regional countries gathered in Islamabad to discuss the latest situation in Afghanistan, local media reported on Saturday.
The meeting hosted by Pakistan’s premier intelligence agency ISI chief Lieutenant General Faiz Hameed, that was attended by spy chiefs from China, Russia, Iran, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan, local broadcaster ARY News reported
The meeting discussed the latest situation in Afghanistan after Taliban took over Kabul on August 15.
The forum agreed on intelligence sharing to ensure peace and stability in the region , according to report.
On Sept. 4, , ISI chief visited Kabul and met Taliban leaders including Hezb-e-Islami Chief Gulbuddin Hekmatyar to discussed the situation in the aftermath of a Taliban takeover.
The spy chiefs meeting held after last week online summit of the foreign ministers of Afghanistan’s neighbouring countries that was chaired by Pakistan foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi.
“During the meeting, views were exchanged on the evolving situation in Afghanistan for a regional approach,” the Pakistani Foreign Ministry said in a statement after the meeting, that was attended virtually by China, Iran, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan top diplomats.
Beijing’s top diplomat Wang Yi urged the neighboring states to exert a more “positive” influence, saying that Afghanistan stands at the crossroads of history, broadcaster China Global Television Network (CGTN) reported.
The interim nature of the Taliban government, he observed, shows that the Afghanistan’s future is still faced with “uncertainties.”
Noting that the situation in Afghanistan is moving from “chaos to governance,” Wang urged the neighbors to seize the opportunity, boost communication and coordination, focus on common concerns, and exert more positive influence while respecting Kabul’s sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity, the report said.