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World News: CSTO urges global community to increase humanitarian aid to Afghanistan Updated: 2021-09-17 09:50:54 KST

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The Collective Security Treaty Organization, an intergovernmental military alliance in Eurasia that consists of selected post-Soviet states, has urged the global community to expand humanitarian assistance to Afghanistan.
The remark was made by CSTO Secretary General Stanislav Zas after a joint meeting of the Council of Defense Ministers, the Council of Foreign Ministers, and the Committee of Secretaries of the CSTO Security Councils on Wednesday.
Zas also emphasized the intention of the CSTO member countries to help Afghanistan in building a peaceful, stable and prosperous country, free of terrorism, war and drugs.
The secretary-general signaled readiness for the organization to participate in international efforts towards stabilization and development of Afghanistan with the United Nations in a central coordination.
After another joint meeting on Thursday, Zas announced that the member states also agreed to deploy military forces along the Tajikistan border with Afghanistan, in order to halt threats from terrorism, as well as to hold operations against drug trafficking and illegal immigration.
Meanwhile, despite the call for international support for the Afghans, the CSTO member countries are against hosting Afghan refugees in their respective countries.
The organization consists of Russia, Armenia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan.

The organizers of the World Economic Forum on Thursday announced that the annual meeting of world leaders, influential executives, bankers and policy makers will take place in the Swiss mountain resort of Davos next year in January, reverting back to an in-person meeting.
They added that the meeting will focus on accelerating stakeholder capitalism, harnessing the technologies of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, and ensuring a more inclusive future of work.
While the annual forum normally takes place in Davos, the COVID-19 pandemic forced organizers last year to shift the meeting to Singapore, before cancelling it altogether.

And finally, a previously 'hidden' Vincent van Gogh sketch from a private collection went on display for the first time at an Amsterdam museum on Thursday.
Titled Study for Worn Out, it depicts an old man sitting on a wooden chair, and is known to be dated November 1882.
A Dutch family who owns the drawing, bought the sketch around 1910, before asking the van Gogh museum to authenticate it.
Experts confirmed that it was indeed a "new work" by the artist.
The drawing which had been hidden in a private collection for more than a century will be on temporary display until January 2, 2022, before being returned to its owners.
Lee Seung-jae, Arirang News.
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