August 18th, 2010
05:20 PM ET

4 presidents, 1 resort, multiple issues

The presidents of Russia, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Tajikistan held a quartet meeting in Russia's southern Black Sea resort of Sochi Wednesday, where they discussed the international battle against terror and the war on drugs, as well as economic issues, according to the Kremlin.

Earlier in the day, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev held bilateral talks with Afghan President Hamid Karzai and Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari, the Kremlin said on its website.

(Photo above: Three of the four presidents — Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and Afghan leader Hamid Karzai.)

This was the second such meeting of the four leaders. The first was a little more than a year ago, on July 30, 2009, in Tajikistan's capital Dushanbe.

According to the Kremlin, the agenda of the four-way talks included Afghanistan's economic and social recovery, the international fight against terrorism and the drug trade, as well as economic cooperation and joint energy projects among the nations.

Medvedev told his counterparts that one of his biggest concerns is drug trafficking from Afghanistan, according to Russian State TV. Tackling that problem, he said, requires a combined effort.

"The response to this drug threat can only be a joint one. Neither Afghanistan itself nor Russia nor any other individual state can handle it," he explained. "It is our common problem, and we should act together."

Outside of the talks, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told reporters that Russia will soon "hand over our next shipment of small arms and ammunition for the Afghan Interior Ministry and will step up personnel training for the law enforcement structures of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan," according to the Interfax news agency.

Moscow is also studying a proposal to send 20 Russian helicopters to Afghanistan, but is waiting on NATO to weigh in on the issue of financing the project, Lavrov said.

Medvedev praised the efforts of the other three countries in fighting terrorism and extremism - problems he described as "the most difficult ones."

Tajik President Emomali Rahmon suggested signing a multilateral agreement in the war on terror, saying it would "bring our political and legal cooperation to a new level," Interfax reported.

"Our countries are destined to play quite an important role in ensuring the region's security and stable development," he added. "We call on the international community to form a united front against this evil and other factors that feed terrorism. I am convinced that poverty, unemployment and other acute social problems are the primary source for the ideas of intolerance, terrorism and extremism."

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  1. dindy Sri lanka

    thanks to the cnn reporter Karzai for reporting. It is good news

    August 31, 2010 at 2:38 am | Report abuse |
  2. symnElese

    Yes, correctly.

    August 28, 2010 at 8:09 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Clay O Worth III

    to build stability they need to build industry and employment? that's not easy in that part of the world but its possible because of there natural resources. and location to markets and shipping lanes. development in space. and technology higher education lower education teach your children well there the building blocks? they got hard jobs? the hardest i've ever seen......but its getting a lot better i think.......thanks to them.....i wish i could help some how?

    August 25, 2010 at 7:38 am | Report abuse |
  4. bailoutsos

    EIGHT BILLION DOLLARS disappear from the war effort and Congress is looking into eggs?

    August 23, 2010 at 11:55 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Smith in Oregon

    More proof of the utter corruption of the Pakistani ISI and America's CIA. Seven month's ago, I commented on high level Taliban leaders and commanders meeting with UN envoys and Karzai envoys in a very determined attempt to forge a peace treaty between the Taliban fighters and Karzai's Afghanistan government.

    America's CIA and Pakistani ISI agents burst into the peace talks, and arrested those assembled. Both the UN and Karzai were shocked that the CIA would destroy a ongoing peace meeting that was taking place. For weeks CIA propaganda fed to the News Media outlets touted the arrest of Mr. Baradar, the 2nd. highest ranking Taliban leader and as many as 23 Taliban commanders and leaders.

    The problem was, all of those Taliban members were under the complete protection of the Pakistan government for years in various Pakistani ISI safe houses. The lucky break by the CIA was all a lie, a complete fabrication on what occured. Pakistan had learned that the peace treaty being crafted had excluded Pakistan and Pakistan had simply pulled the plug on the peace treaty and detained those that had attended.

    “We picked up Baradar and the other Taliban commanders because they were trying to make a deal without us,” said a Pakistani ISI official speaking anonymously. "We (Pakistan and principally Pakistan's ISI) protect the Taliban. They are dependent on us. We are not going to allow them to make a deal with Karzai and India (to build the trans Afghanistan pipeline, TAP).

    As for Mr. Baradar, he is now living comfortably in a safe house of Pakistan’s ISI, the Pakistani ISI official said. “He’s relaxing,” the official said. Nearly all of the Taliban commanders that were rounded up were given lectures by the Pakistani ISI and released to fight in Afghanistan again.

    Hundreds of American soldiers have died because that UN-Karzai-Taliban peace treaty was disrupted by America's CIA and the Pakistani ISI agents, it is really shameful how Western News Media were fed the initial false story by the CIA and ran with it for weeks as if it were gospel. It took seven months until the proof was published by Islamabad's Pakistan news outlets and people wonder why the world and America needs Wikileaks!

    August 23, 2010 at 2:49 am | Report abuse |
    • dindy Sri lanka

      why didnt you tell it that time?

      August 31, 2010 at 2:40 am | Report abuse |

    Before you are anything else in this world – fat/skinny, tall/short, before your religion, culture, customs or the color of your skin – you are a "HUMAN BEING". That is the only thread that binds us.

    August 22, 2010 at 10:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • bangash


      August 25, 2010 at 9:17 am | Report abuse |
  7. Smith in Oregon

    What is there to discuss? The Karzai Clan is alleged to be the major Heroin exporters thru-out Afghanistan. Russia is being flooded by Heroin from Afghanistan. The U.S. Manas Airbase in nearby Kyrgyzstan appears to be where the Karzai Clan is moving the majority of the Heroin to the Chinese Triad's (world's largest crime syndicate) who distribute that Heroin around the entire world at tremendous profits.

    August 22, 2010 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
  8. bangash

    In fact this meeting of the four heads of the state at SOCHI is in fact not in the way as it should have been. There is no doubt that we all share a lot in common and our future depends upon the nature of our relations but to our bad luck we still lack the will to understand and accept the ground realities. Afghanistan and Pakistan have never been allowed by the WEST to maintain good neighborly relations with the EAST as for the WEST it has always been the matter of their survival in the world politics. Today when entire WEST has practically occupied Pakistan and Afghanistan by deployment of thousands of troops in the name of war on terror, in both states and both Heads of the state today are at their mercy than how they can dare to go against the will of their Masters. This meeting of the four, no doubt, has special importance for our survival in this region provided we both Afghanistan and Pakistan had free hands in taking decisions of our own interests and certainly it would have ended this war on terror as after all this is the new name of GREAT GAME, mainly aimed at keeping the EAST within the IRON CURTAIN. Both Karzai and Zardari might have discussed the dictated agenda which will surely be of no use for the public in this region while for WEST as usual, more warnings to the EAST and China that the WEST is now at your doorstep and can any time turn the table if they refused to obey the orders of World Empire and did not allow their oil companies to get the lease of their resources for indefinite period as they have already done in M

    August 22, 2010 at 3:13 am | Report abuse |
  9. diablo1086

    oh... and by the way, i'm not a hindu...... lol!!!!!!!

    August 19, 2010 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
  10. diablo1086

    that did not even make any sense! Wow..... you sitting at home and trying to come up with smart things to say by skipping through random tv shows? lol.... do us a favour... actually no, do our modern progressive society a favour... go to school, get an education, read the news, contemplate whats going on, think about what to say, run your thoughts by someone who probably is a little less demented and retarded than you, and then comment... lol.... jokers like you will always be priceless.... gods and clods my friend.... gods and clods..... (oh and i'm pretty sure you have no clue what i'm talking about, so here's a hint... you're the clod) lol!

    August 19, 2010 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
  11. no crap

    finnaly someone who is serious about stopping drugs and terrorism

    August 19, 2010 at 9:50 am | Report abuse |
    • Onesmallvoice

      But who's going to stop NATO?That's where the problem lies!!!

      August 19, 2010 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
      • Military-Industrial-Complex

        *Implying NATO is some godless killing machine*

        August 19, 2010 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
      • Onesmallvoice

        Which couldn't be any truer.That's exactly what it is!!!

        August 23, 2010 at 7:58 pm | Report abuse |
  12. BSTeh

    People, give peace a chance. The fact that Russia has engaged in multilateral talks on common and pertinent issues with key nations is a shift from the divisive and counterproductive unilateral attempts by some other powers. Collectively worked out solutions and action plans not only strengthen cooperation between interested nations, they promote better and lasting understanding and foster proprietary stake in the processes of addressing and resolving common problems.

    A sense of unity and collectivity enables all parties concerned to avoid misunderstandings and misconceptions through a more open and receptive communicative atmosphere which sets the foundation for more effective policy brain storming and productive implementation of any agreed action plan. Disagreements are to be expected and acceptable if based on actualities and realities and not due to miscommunication and misunderstanding.

    Disagreements between the parties must be given acknowledgment and due consideration to individual geopolitical and socioeconomic peculiarities but must be addressed with the best of intentions. Persecution, threats and labeling of even recalcitrant nations will only stiffen their resolve and animosity. The lack of goodwill and respect shown to these so-called rogue nations will only cause ire and obduracy through a sense of injustice and humiliation and force them to withdraw into a siege mode.

    It is hardly productive to label nations as axis of evil and impose crippling sanctions that invariably cause more harm to the local populace than the intended targets whose image and support is strangely enhanced and whose misdeeds are obscured by the more obvious sufferings imposed by foreign powers. These negative approaches can hardly entice the cooperation and goodwill of these regimes which in turn create more misconceptions and misunderstandings.

    The situation quickly becomes more convoluted and compounded beyond the reaches of diplomacy as it has been forced into a cul-de-sac of loser-loser endgame. The aggressor has left all with no politically viable and acceptable way out. The consequence is inevitable but the conclusion is not so clear.

    Would the aggressor have proceeded to topple recalcitrant regimes if it was known that the endgame is to get unstuck without loss of too much dignity from very costly quagmires in terms of treasure, prestige and opportunities!? Would the aggressor have improved its own standing, situation and security by taking unilateral and polarising actions based on highly dubious premises?! Indeed, has the ensuing sequences of events improved global security, peace and harmony or have they intensified palpable global division and tension instead!

    I wish the mini Sochi summit every success as the world is presently very short on cohesive and multilateral cooperation but very long on divisive and polarising unilateralism.

    August 19, 2010 at 12:40 am | Report abuse |
  13. You

    Acmed,we don't need to see these photos to know how much damage the NATO forces are doing in Afghanistan!It's self-evident enough.

    August 18, 2010 at 11:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ernie Beatty

      Hey you,it's one thing to blog here under other peoples' names for your self amusement but to maliciously disgrace a WW2 General like George Patton is completely uncalled for and very sick.Can you cut the abuse?

      August 23, 2010 at 7:55 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Sam Golden

    So Acmed, let me get this straight. The Taliban is very brutal. So we keep our troops, who are not brutal, in Afghanland, AND continue to spend $2 Billion dollars each week – that we borrow from the Chinese government – from NOW ON!? Is that what you are saying? We need to know just exactly how this is going to stop the brutality.

    August 18, 2010 at 9:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • You

      Sam,we need to get out of there just like the Russians did in 1989 and that's that!!!

      August 18, 2010 at 11:08 pm | Report abuse |
  15. S R Wakankar

    Afgans are Indian people and Afganistan has always been an integral part of India.WhenMogul Empire of India became weak, Afganistan became free from it otherwise the whole region of AfPak is OLD HINDUSTAN.The solution to AfPak problem lies neither in Dushambe nor in London/Washington/Berlin;it lies in Delhi.Af./Paki./India/Bangladesh should meet in Delhi and sort out the problem.The whole region is India.Earlier there were only two nations-Iran and Hindustan.Today there are four nations in Hindustan.1.Af.2.Paki.3.India4.Bangladesh.When these four countries meet, solution would be found.The basic truth should be understood-AFGANS ARE INDIANS.Thanks.
    -S R Wakankar

    August 18, 2010 at 7:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Swizzlesticks

      Wow, you are really a terrible person.

      August 19, 2010 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      In that case Bulgaria, Greece, Turkey, Egypt, Iraq etc should be holding political discussions in Turkey because they were all part of the Ottoman Empire.. Similarly, almost all of the Europe should be discussing in Rome because they were all part of the Holy Roman Catholic Empire... And almost the whole of Asia and northern africa should be discussing in mongolia because they were all part of Genghis Khan's Empire...

      Your history is correct, but your logic is wrong!!

      August 19, 2010 at 6:29 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Bledsoe

    What do you know,four thugs in a row!

    August 18, 2010 at 7:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Willie 12345

      But the right-wing thugs in Washington are the worst,don't you agree?It was they who got us into this obnoxious war in Afghanistan.

      August 18, 2010 at 7:47 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Sam Golden

    Our troops get 8 WEEKS of basic training and they are ready to go out in harms way to protect and defend the USA. These people have received 8 YEARS of basic training and they are still NOT ready to defend their own turf. Has anyone considered the possibility that just MAYBE they are not interested?

    August 18, 2010 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bledsoe

      Evidently they're not,Sam.

      August 18, 2010 at 7:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • disturbed

      we actually get 13 weeks guy

      August 19, 2010 at 9:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • neoritter

      Imparting new training methods on native teachers and on troops takes time. The US military's training did not become so efficient over night. One could say it took a couple of centuries.

      Also, those eight years are not for training a single person, but for training a whole army. It takes more than 8 weeks to train all the men and women to form our army.

      August 24, 2010 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |