Russia's top diplomat says he and his Chinese, Iranian and Pakistani counterparts "can make a difference in the region in helping the Afghan people to get out of the crisis created after the 20 years of the war, launched by the United States and NATO."
The most senior working diplomats of China, Iran, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan took part in their first-ever virtual summit to discuss a common approach to Afghanistan's new Islamic Emirate.
The Uzbek Foreign Ministry said they contacted the Taliban for "security guarantees" for citizens of Afghanistan who fled into neighboring Uzbekistan.
"My visa expires in one month, and I don't know what I will do next. I have no plan. I left everything behind," Afghan businessman Sami Elbigi said.
Uzbekistan's air defense system confirmed that it downed an Afghan military plane on Sunday that was attempting to enter its airspace illegally.
"You are confusing us with the Americans or the experience that we 'carried over' from the Soviet times," Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said.
"Afghanistan and the wider Central Asian region constitute part of Russia's 'southern underbelly,' a term that underscores the sense of vulnerability it feels along its southern border," Tracey German of the Defence Studies Department at King's College London told Newsweek.
Police in Moscow broke up the fight outside Kuzminki metro station, southeast of the Russian capital, with "most participants" from "Central Asian countries."
The coronavirus epidemic has created the temptation to forgo the complicated peace process and to simply withdraw our troops. This is the very last thing America should be doing.
Uzbekistan's capital Tashkent has been floated as a potential location for a meeting between Afghanistan's government and the Taliban.
After less than a year in office Mirziyoyev has called for dropping entry and exit visas.
The businessman jailed by the late Islam Karimov calls on his successor to introduce reforms.
Islam Karimov passed away after nearly three decades in power.
Shavkat Mirziyoyev declared his country will remain neutral, unlike neighbours.
Since the Soviet collapse Uzbekistan has had no leader besides strongman Islam Karimov.
The flight was traveling from Cairo to Beijing when it had to divert due to security fears.
The 63-year-old former MP served more than double his original sentence.
Gulnara Karimova has been stuck in her mansion since February over allegations that run the gamut from corruption to black magic. Oh, and her dad's the president.