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G20 pledges aid for Afghan humanitarian crisis
    2021-10-14  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

ITALIAN Prime Minister Mario Draghi said Tuesday that the G20 extraordinary leaders’ meeting on Afghanistan focused primarily on humanitarian challenges in the Asian country.

Speaking to reporters at the end of the virtual meeting, Draghi called for efforts to confront the biggest challenges that came to the forefront after the withdrawal of the U.S. military and the Taliban’s takeover.

Italy was the host of the meeting as the holder of the rotating G20 presidency.

“What we have is a growing humanitarian catastrophe in Afghanistan and that is something we must tackle immediately,” Draghi told reporters.

Draghi said there were discussions among leaders regarding preventing the spread of the coronavirus pandemic in Afghanistan, preventing the country from becoming a haven for international terrorism, the issue of the migration of Afghans to other countries, human and gender rights issues, as well as the eventual political recognition of the Taliban government.

But he said the consensus was surrounding humanitarian challenges. To that end, Draghi said that European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen vowed to spend 1 billion euros (US$1.15 billion) in aid for the country.

Draghi said that keeping the Afghan banking system afloat and keeping the airport in the capital Kabul open are priorities because they are necessary stops for the arrival of humanitarian aid.

Meanwhile, Chinese President Xi Jinping’s special representative Wang Yi, also Chinese state councilor and foreign minister, said Tuesday that the G20 should leverage its characteristics and strengths to contribute to the peace, stability and prosperity of Afghanistan.

Wang made a four-point proposal on tackling pressing issues on Afghanistan.

First, Wang called on the international community to focus on people’s livelihoods with humanitarian support to help the Afghans overcome difficulties such as food shortcomings and the COVID-19 pandemic. China has announced it will provide Afghanistan with 200 million yuan (US$31 million) in emergency assistance.

Second, Afghanistan should stay committed to an open, inclusive path of development, Wang said.

Third, the Chinese foreign minister reiterated its zero-tolerance attitude towards terrorism. Fourth, the international community should reach consensuses and work jointly to push forward the establishment of relevant mechanisms of Afghanistan, Wang pointed out, adding that he recognized the U.N.’s central role in providing humanitarian assistance and maintaining peace and stability in Afghanistan. (SD-Xinhua)

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