On Monday, Russian President Vladimir Putin met with his Uzbek counterpart Islam Karimov in Moscow, and the two leaders discussed the situation in Central Asia after the troop withdrawal from Afghanistan.
The two sides agreed on monitoring the threats to regional security linked with the withdrawal of forces and establishing cooperation to avert them, especially by supporting Afghanistan to stabilize the military and political situation in the country and fight against drug threat, terrorism and extremism.
A statement released after the meeting says that Islam Karimov expressed concern over the worsening situation in the region as the foreign troop withdrawal approaches. “The withdrawal of coalition forces from Afghanistan in 2014 may trigger a civil war,” Karimov said.
As a whole, the two sides expressed common opinion on the majority of the issues discussed at the meeting and said that they were interested in establishing cooperation on Afghanistan.