On 1 December 2017, SCO Secretary-General Rashid Alimov had a meeting with Chief Executive of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan Abdullah Abdullah on the sidelines of the 16th Meeting of the SCO Council of Heads of Government in Sochi.
The parties agreed in their general assessments of the productive outcome of Russia's chairmanship at the Meeting of the SCO Council of Heads of Government and noted the Organisation's increased economic potential thanks to the accession of India and Pakistan.
Afghanistan's Chief Executive expressed his gratitude to the SCO for its close attention to the situation in Afghanistan and for its support, and voiced his positive expectations for the future activities of the SCO‒Afghanistan Contact Group.
Abdullah Abdullah also expressed the hope that the SCO's role in Afghan affairs will continue to grow in the future.
Rashid Alimov stressed the importance of peace and stability in Afghanistan for the entire region and noted unanimous support from the SCO member states for the Afghan government and people's efforts to establish a peaceful, stable and prosperous state free from terrorism, extremism and drug-related crime.