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G20 leaders to debate Afghanistan in digital summit

ROME: G20 leaders will maintain a digital summit on Tuesday to debate Afghanistan, with the Italy-hosted talks centered on the humanitarian and safety scenario following the takeover by the Taliban.

Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi, whose nation holds the rotating G20 presidency, has been pushing to widen the worldwide dialogue on Afghanistan to international locations together with Russia and China.


It was not clear if all of the leaders of the G20 financial powers, which embrace the USA, EU, China, Turkey, Russia and Saudi Arabia amongst others, would be a part of Tuesday’s assembly.

However an Italian authorities official mentioned it could be “mostly heads of state and government”.

The summit might be held behind closed doorways however Draghi will maintain a press convention afterwards.

The hardline Islamist Taliban returned to energy in August following the withdrawal of US troops after 20 years of struggle.

Afghanistan’s financial system stays in a parlous state with worldwide assist minimize off, meals costs rising and unemployment spiking.


Asserting the assembly final month, the Italian premier mentioned it could tackle what he mentioned was the chance of a “humanitarian catastrophe” in Afghanistan.

Draghi, whose nation was a part of the NATO mission in Afghanistan, mentioned leaders would additionally take a look at measures the worldwide group can take “to stop Afghanistan from again becoming a hotbed of international terrorism”.

The Taliban regime, nonetheless but to be recognised as a authentic authorities by some other nation, is itself dealing with a menace from the Islamic State-Khorasan (IS-Ok), who’ve launched a sequence of lethal assaults.


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