TheÂ Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) saidÂ onÂ Tuesday that Moscow will host the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) contact group meeting on Afghanistan on Wednesday.
According to the foreign ministry, the meeting will be attended by the deputy foreign ministers of Shanghai Cooperation Organization member countries as well as by Afghanistanâ€™s deputy foreign minister. The meeting will be chaired jointly by Afghanistan and Russia.
â€œThe issues that weÂ willÂ follow there are: chairing the meeting jointly, discussing gaining membership of SCO, discussing security and economic cooperation and also cooperation for peace talks,â€Â theÂ foreign ministryâ€™sÂ deputy spokesman Sebghat Saba said.
Russia, China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, India and Pakistan are members of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization and Afghanistan has observer status.
This comes ahead of another key meeting â€“ the quadrilateral meeting with China, Russia, Pakistan and the US â€“ which is scheduled to take place on October 16 in Oman.In addition the Kabul Process meeting will also take place in about three months.
A number of politicians meanwhile said Shanghai Cooperation Organization member countries can play a significant role in Afghanistanâ€™s stability and Afghanistanâ€™s peace talks.
Politicians also said following the new US strategy on Afghanistan and South Asia, efforts have increased regarding Afghanistanâ€™sÂ peace process and peace negotiations.
â€œThis is a process and itâ€™sÂ good that it starts. We hope that the main peace talks get started, but I donâ€™t thinkÂ there will beÂ any progress, unless the Taliban showsÂ an interestÂ inÂ negotiations,â€ Anwar ul-HaqAhadi, head of the New National Front of Afghanistan said.
A number of political affairs analystsÂ however said if Iran and Pakistan do not cooperate with Afghanistan, reaching peace and security is impossible.
â€œGovernment has failed to get the most out of such meetings so far. In the Shanghai meeting also if our far and near neighbors, especially the regionalÂ powers suchÂ asRussia and China, were not involved in Afghanistanâ€™s peace issues, we wouldÂ not witness peace here,â€ political affairs analyst Sayed IshaqGailani said.
Shanghai Cooperation Organization is a political, economic and security organization that was formed in Chinaâ€™s Shanghai cityÂ in 2001.