Chinese President Xi Jinping, Russian President Vladimir Putin and other leaders of the SCO member countries will discuss the threat the ISIL terrorist group poses in Afghanistan at the Eurasian security summit in Russia this week, said China’s Deputy Foreign Minister Cheng Guoping in a Monday press briefing as cited in an AFP report.
He emphasized that due to the “spillover effect” of the ISIL terrorist campaign, “Afghanistan now faces a grim security situation.”
SCO leaders “will certainly have in-depth discussions on the Afghan issue,” Cheng said, adding, “They will talk further about how to respond to the security situation there.”
The development comes as China is reportedly seeking to establish business interests in Afghanistan and is increasingly concerned over any spillover of ISIL radicalism to the country, which has a short border with China’s mostly Muslim western region of Xinjiang.
According to the report, Xi will travel to the Russian city of Ufa for the SCO summit on Thursday.
The SCO members are China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.
Afghanistan, meanwhile, has an “observer” status in the SCO, along with India, Iran, Mongolia and Pakistan.
The summit will then be followed by a meeting of leaders of the BRICS group of emerging economies, which includes Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.