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MOSCOW, November 25. /TASS/. Afghanistan supports the initiative to create an international coalition against terrorism, speaker of the upper house of the country’s National Assembly (parliament) Fazal Hadi Muslimyar said on Wednesday at a plenary meeting at the Russian Federation Council upper house of parliament.
"We welcome and support the initiative of Russian President Vladimir Putin on a truly coordinated fight against terrorism and the creation of an international coalition against it," the Afghan parliamentarian said. He expressed confidence that "only coordinated international efforts can save the world from the scourge of terrorism."
The Afghan lawmaker said that the time has come for "all to agree on a common definition of terrorism and stop using terrorism as a means to achieve their strategic goals."
Muslimyar also expressed condolences to Russia over the crash of Russia’s A321 airliner in Egypt. He expressed the hope that the incident with the Russian bomber downed by the Turkish Air Force on November 24 "will be thoroughly investigated."
An F-16 fighter of the Turkish Air Force downed on Tuesday Russia’s Su-24M bomber (NATO reporting name Fencer) over the territory of Syria. Russian President Vladimir Putin warned that the attack on the bomber would entail "serious consequences" for the Russian-Turkish relations. According to the Russian president, the Turkish Air Force attack on a Russian plane that was involved in an anti-terrorist operation in Syria and posed no threat to Turkey - was "a stab in the back" of Russia.
The Su-24M crew managed to eject, but one of the two pilots was killed by fire from the ground, the search for the second continued. The second pilot has been rescued, the Russian president said earlier on Wednesday. "He has been rescued. This is the pilot navigator. He is already at the air base, at the aerodrome," Putin said. Two Mi-8 helicopters were engaged in the pilots’ search and rescue operation. One of the helicopters came under fire and made an emergency landing. One Russian contract serviceman — a marine, was killed. The rest servicemen on board the helicopter were safely evacuated. The downed Mi-8 helicopter was lately destroyed by mortar fire from the territory controlled by militants.