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Russian ambassadors to discuss situation in Asia after troops pullout from Afghanistan

December 10, 2013, 9:51 UTC+3 MOSCOW
Withdrawal of the main foreign combat contingents from Afghanistan is to be completed by the end of 2014
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MOSCOW, December 10. /ITAR-TASS/. Situation in Central Asia in the light of the forthcoming withdrawal of international forces from Afghanistan is the focal point of a conference that Russian ambassadors in Central Asia will hold in Tashkent later Tuesday, a spokesman for the

“The conference will be chaired by Deputy Foreign Minister Grigory Karassin,” he said.

The meeting will be attended by ambassadors in Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan. Senior officials on the ministry’s central staff will also attend.

“The objective of the meeting is to review the situation in the region that is likely to unfold there simultaneously with the folding up of foreign military presence in neighboring Afghanistan and to coordinate the implementation of the Russian leadership’s guidelines in relations with Central Asian countries,” the spokesman said.

“Special attention will be paid to the current operations of our diplomatic missions in the region,” he said.

Withdrawal of the main foreign combat contingents from Afghanistan is to be completed by the end of 2014.

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