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At G20 summit, PM Modi calls for unified international response to Afghanistan crisis

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New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi called on the international community to forge a unified international response to bring about the desired change in Afghanistan’s situation. He participated virtually at the G20 Extraordinary Summit on Afghanistan on Tuesday.

The meeting was convened by Italy, which currently holds the G20 Presidency, and chaired by Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi. The participants discussed matters relating to the humanitarian situation, terrorism and human rights in Afghanistan.

In his remarks, PM Modi emphasized the centuries-old people-to-people ties between India and Afghanistan. He mentioned that over the last two decades, India has contributed to promoting socio-economic development and capacity building of youth and women in Afghanistan. He added that over 500 development projects have been implemented by India in Afghanistan.

PM Modi conveyed that every Indian feels the pain of Afghan people facing hunger and malnutrition. He emphasized the need for the international community to ensure that Afghanistan has immediate and unhindered access to humanitarian assistance.

Modi also underlined the need to ensure that Afghan territory does not become a source of radicalization and terrorism, regionally or globally. He emphasized on the need to enhance the fight against the nexus of radicalization, terrorism and the smuggling of drugs and arms in the region.

“Participated in the G20 Summit on Afghanistan. Stressed on preventing Afghan territory from becoming the source of radicalisation and terrorism. Also called for urgent and unhindered humanitarian assistance to Afghan citizens and an inclusive administration,” PM Modi tweeted on Tuesday.

In order to preserve the socio-economic gains of the last 20 years and to restrict the spread of radical ideology, PM Modi called for an inclusive administration in Afghanistan, which includes women and minorities. He conveyed support for the important role of the United Nations in Afghanistan and called for renewed support of the G20 for the message contained in UN Security Council Resolution 2593 on Afghanistan.

 

 

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