Countering Financial Crimes Key to Regional Security: NSA Mohib

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Wednesday, June 19, 2019
Kabul (BNA) Addressing an international meeting of high security representatives in Russia’s Ufa city, Afghan National Security Advisor Hamdullah Mohib said counterterrorism efforts need to remain top priority an Afghanistan was at the frontlines in the fight against terrorism.
At least 50 people pay the ultimate sacrifice in the fight against terrorism on a daily basis in Afghanistan, he said on Tuesday.
“There is high concentration of hybrid threats in our region, and it requires collective action to fight,” Mohib said.”  In this context, there’re several issues to be addressed in order to ensure national security of our countries & improve regional socio-economic development.”
According to Mohib, countering financial crimes is key to ensuring regional security.
“Fighting against money laundering, illegal money transactions through unregistered hawala systems, fundraising for terrorism through unmonitored charities in the region are a must,” he said.
Referring to drugs problem, Mohib said that terrorists and drug traffickers re two sides of the same coin. “Narcotics is known as the main source of revenue for terrorism that generate billions of dollars every year.”
He said that the chain of production, trafficking, processing and consumption of narcotics includes not just Afghans but many other countries in the region and beyond.
“Joint and coordinated actions are, therefore, required to fight this evil phenomenon.”
“Cybercrimes are another means of hybrid warfare that threaten our countries. Afghanistan stands ready to enter into bilateral and regional partnerships to limit and eliminate the use of the cyber space by destructive elements that create terror in our societies,” Mohib said.

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