Afghan humanitarian crisis, drug trafficking alarm India, Russia, China

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Afghan humanitarian crisis, drug trafficking alarm India, Russia, China

<div> <p><span class="caps">NEW</span> <span class="caps">DELHI</span> -The foreign ministers of India, Russia and China expressed concern on Friday at the deteriorating humanitarian situation in Afghanistan and the spread of drug trafficking in the country.</p> <p>Afghanistan has been plunged into crisis by the abrupt end of billions of dollars in foreign assistance, following the collapse of the Western-backed government and return to power of the Taliban in August.</p> <p>“Expressing concern over deteriorating humanitarian situation in Afghanistan, the Ministers called for immediate and unhindered humanitarian assistance to be provided to Afghanistan,” said a joint statement released following a virtual meeting between India’s S Jaishankar, Russia’s Sergey Lavrov and China’s Wang Yi. </p> <p>The statement called on the Taliban to respect the results of United Nations resolutions on Afghanistan and the central role of the U.N. in the country.</p> <p>The three countries also pledged to do more to combat drug smuggling in the region.</p> <p>“The spread of illicit drug trafficking in opiates and methamphetamine from Afghanistan and beyond… poses a serious threat to regional security and stability and provides funding for terrorist organizations,” the statement added.</p> </div>