Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s opening remarks at the four-party meeting with the ministers of foreign affairs of the People’s Republic of China, Pakistan, and representatives from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Iran on the sidelines of the SCO Heads of State Council meeting in Dushanbe, September 16, 2021
I consider it important that the foreign ministers of our countries meet on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation summit to discuss the situation in Afghanistan, which is on everybody’s mind. Many formats are being proposed to address the situation.
We believe that Afghanistan’s neighbours, the countries that directly border Afghanistan, can make a difference in the region and help the Afghan people find a way out of their crisis, which was created after 20 years of war initiated by the United States and NATO. If we act in good faith, we can make a difference in creating the necessary external conditions for the Afghans to independently decide their own fate, without posing a threat to neighboring countries (from terrorism, drug trafficking, etc.).
I hope this meeting will be very productive.