The UN Secretary General's report to the Security Council released on 6 December 2013 provides an update of UNAMA activities, including in the area of regional cooperation, since 6 September 2013 , listed below. For a full copy of the latest report, click here.
C. Regional cooperation
20. Pakistan and Afghanistan continued to seek constructive engagement in economic cooperation and security as well as in regard to an Afghan-led peace process. On 10 and 11 September, a delegation of the Pakistan Senate’s Standing Committee on Defence met with Afghan counterparts to review security issues and cooperation. This was followed by the seventh round of the Pakistan-Afghanistan parliamentary dialogue, held in Islamabad on 26 September. On 8 and 9 October, after a long hiatus, the fourth meeting of the Afghanistan-Pakistan Transit Trade Coordination Authority, seeking to generate momentum on bilateral agreements, was held in Kabul. On 29 October, the fourth Afghanistan-Pakistan-United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland trilateral meeting was held in London, focusing on regional stability, economic cooperation and the peace process.
21. Afghanistan continued to engage other neighbours bilaterally and in regional forums. On 12 and 13 September, President Karzai led a high-level delegation to Bishkek to attend the thirteenth summit meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, where he committed to further strengthening relations with the Organization. On 16 and 17 September in Islamabad, participants at the fourth session of the Intergovernmental Council on the Central Asia-South Asia Electricity Transmission and Trade Project adopted three resolutions establishing contract structures and procurement and finance committees. On 27 September, President Karzai paid an official visit to China, meeting with President Xi Jinping, who confirmed Beijing’s commitment to stability and economic development in Afghanistan and the region. In Dushanbe, on 21 October, President Karzai and the President of Tajikistan, Emomali Rahmon, signed an agreement on demining, border crossing protocols and insurance cooperation. Particular attention was given to implementation of the Central Asia-South Asia Electricity Transmission and Trade Project and a proposed railway connecting Tajikistan, Afghanistan and Turkmenistan. On 30 October, the heads of the Russian, Tajik and Afghan border police met at the Sherkhan Bandar border crossing. Tajik and Afghan border force commanders expressed concern about the infiltration of criminal and extremist elements along the Afghan-Tajik border and asked the Russian Federation to provide technical and logistical support. The three countries signed a protocol on border cooperation and agreed to establish a joint committee. On 10 November, at their twelfth annual trilateral meeting, the foreign ministers of the Russian Federation, India and China emphasized the need for continuing international support to and greater regional integration with Afghanistan. At a senior-level trilateral consultation on Afghanistan on 20 November, Pakistan, the Russian Federation and China stressed the need for deeper international engagement in the country’s economic development.
22. The Istanbul Process on Regional Security and Cooperation for a Secure and Stable Afghanistan continued to demonstrate its potential for the region. On 23 September, at a meeting of senior officials of the Istanbul Process in New York,
Afghanistan presented the progress achieved since the Almaty Ministerial Conference on the Istanbul Process was held, in April, on the six confidence-building measures. In preparation for the meeting of senior officials in New Delhi, now set for 18 January 2014, an expert study on alternative funding modalities for the Istanbul Process and its six confidence-building measures is being undertaken.