15 Nov 2018 13:16

Patrushev, Chinese official discuss Afghanistan, Central Asia

MOSCOW. Nov 15 (Interfax) - Russian Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev and Guo Shengkun, a Politburo member and the secretary of the Central Political and Legal Affairs Commission of the Communist Party of China, have discussed the situation in Central Asia, including Afghanistan, at their meeting in Moscow.

"Today we held narrow-format talks to discuss the situation in Afghanistan and exchange opinions on developments in Central Asian countries," Patrushev said at bilateral consultations on public security, justice, law, and order in Moscow on Thursday.

Guo praised cooperation with Moscow in the One Belt, One Road project, as well as in the economic, financial, energy, and other fields. China and Russia have also been bolstering partnership between regions, he said.

"I am sure all these contacts will strengthen, promote the development of our nations, and serve as the guarantee of peace and security in the [Asia-Pacific] region and the world," Guo said.

He stressed the importance of the decisions made at previous bilateral consultations and said, "We should aim at tangible results in our pursuit of stronger security, law, and order."