Russia concerned about spread of terrorist, drug threats from Afghanistan

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Igor Morgulov has discussed the situation in Afghanistan with U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Dtate for South and Central Asian Affairs Lynne Tracy and U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense David Sedney.

"At the meeting they mulled the prospects of developments in Afghanistan, the process of the transfer of responsibility for security in the country to Afghan law enforcement bodies, and issues of the withdrawal of the international contingent from Afghanistan. The Russian side expressed concern about the spread of the threats of terrorism and drug trafficking from North Afghanistan to neighboring Central Asian countries which are Russia's partners in CIS and CSTO," a newsletter posted on the Russian Foreign Ministry website on Saturday says.

The ministry also reported on consultations between interdepartmental groups from Russia and the United States on Saturday.

"The U.S. delegation reported the results of its tour of Central Asia, shared evaluations of the situation in the region and the prospects of its development, in particular, in the context of the withdrawal of international contingents from Afghanistan and presidential elections there in 2014," the newsletter says.

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