FILE PHOTO: Afghan families fleeing Malistan and Jaghori districts due to clashes between Taliban and Afghan forces arrive in Ghazni, Afghanistan, on November 14, 2018. Reuters/Mustafa Andaleb
September 16, 2021
MOSCOW (Reuters) – Members of the Russia-led security bloc that includes some countries in or close to Afghanistan have no plans to host Afghan refugees amid a political and security crisis in the country, bloc member Kazakhstan said on Thursday. Said to
The Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) includes three Central Asian nations – Tajikistan, which has long borders with Afghanistan, Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan – as well as several more Far East Soviet republics.
At a bloc’s head of state meeting in Tajikistan on Thursday, Kazakh President Kasim-Jomart Tokayev “supported the joint CSTO’s position that the placement of Afghan refugees or foreign military bases in the territories of our countries is unacceptable”, his office said in a testimony. In.
Two more Central Asian nations, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan, border Afghanistan but are not CSTO members. However, Uzbekistan has also said that it will only allow short-term transit of refugees by planes to third countries.
(Reporting by Olzas Ouyazov; Editing by Alex Richardson)