Some Afghan media outlets have published insinuations about a Russian military delegation’s alleged visit to Taliban training camps in the North Waziristan Agency in the tribal region bordering Afghanistan, we consider it necessary to clarify the situation.
A Russian delegation headed by Colonel General Sergey Istrakov, Deputy Chief of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces, held another round of bilateral headquarters consultations in Rawalpindi, Pakistan. The parties mostly discussed prospects for regional cooperation aiming to neutralise threats posed by international terrorist groups. The Pakistani side organised a presentation on the security situation in Pakistan. Pakistani representatives presented the results of Operation Zarb-e-Azb (Sharp Strike) that has been conducted in North Waziristan since 2014. Members of the Russian delegation were able to visit the city of Miramshah, the capital of the North Waziristan Agency, and were shown city districts from where terrorists had been expelled.
Russia will continue to assist Pakistan for the purpose of strengthening its counter-terrorism potential.