2 Jul 2021 14:49

Patrushev, Afghan presidential advisor discuss security, situation in northern Afghanistan amid Western forces' withdrawal

MOSCOW. July 2 (Interfax) - Russian Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev and Afghan National Security Advisor Hamdullah Mohib have held negotiations in Moscow, the Russian Security Council press service said in a statement.

"Nikolai Patrushev and Hamdullah Mohib have focused on the security levels in Afghanistan against the backdrop of the withdrawal of Western military contingents and the escalating military-political situation in northern Afghanistan," the statement said.

The progress and prospects of the intra-Afghan peace dialogue and further interaction between Russia and Afghanistan in the bilateral and multilateral formats, including between security services and law enforcement agencies, have also been discussed, it said.

"The suppression of terrorism and drug crimes, as well as trade, economic and military-technical cooperation were discussed in detail," the statement said.

Contingents of the United States and NATO allies are leaving Afghanistan. The withdrawal is due to be completed by September 11, 2021.