Russian, Afghan, Pakistani, Tajik presidents to discuss Afghanistan

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev will discuss the Afghan peace process on Friday at a four-nation summit, the Kremlin press service said.

The Russian president will meet with his Afghan, Pakistani and Tajik counterparts to discuss regional cooperation to facilitate stabilization in Afghanistan and on the Afghan-Pakistani border with the involvement of international organizations such as the Shanghai Cooperation Organization and the Collective Security Treaty Organization.

This will be the third such meeting. The first one took place in Dushanbe in July 2009 and the second in August 2010 in Sochi.

The four leaders will also address the fight against drug trafficking, as well as trade and economic ties, including joint projects to develop transport and infrastructure and promote a favorable investment climate in the region.

The four presidents will issue a statement after the meeting, the press service said.

Medvedev is also expected to conduct bilateral talks with the Afghan and Pakistani presidents on the sidelines of the summit.

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