Leaders of G20 ‘laser-focused’ on anti-terrorism efforts in Afghanistan – Times of India

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WASHINGTON: The world’s wealthy economies decided to channel aid through the United Nations to contain a humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan at an extraordinary summit on Tuesday. Several leaders gave the virtual gathering a miss, highlighting tensions over how to deal with the country’s new Taliban regime. China’s Xi Jinping and Russia’s Vladimir Putin were among those who did not participate in the G20 call hosted by Italy. In all, more than two-thirds of leaders dialed in, with the remainder represented by ministers, according to a G20 official who asked not to be identified.
Leaders of the world’s major economies including US President Joe Biden “discussed the critical need to maintain a laser-focus on our enduring counterterrorism efforts, including against threats from IS-K,” a White House statement said. It was referring to the Islamic State terror group’s offshoot in the region, a bitter rival of the Taliban. The G20 leaders also discussed the need to provide safe passage for foreign nationals and “Afghan partners” with documentation who hope to leave Afghanistan, the US readout said.
“Various representatives of international organisation spoke of a humanitarian catastrophe,” Italian PM Mario Draghi told reporters after the talks. “I invited everyone to work together as much as possible” to avoid the worst as winter approaches, and “almost all leaders spoke of the need to forge a united approach.” Italy holds this year’s presidency of the G20. An attempt ahead of the event to work out a common line on the Taliban was dropped and, as leaders struggle to bridge their differences, Afghanistan is careening toward ruin.
On Monday, UN secretarygeneral Antonio Guterres urged countries to unfreeze assets and allow aid to flow or risk watching the country collapse. He said bolstering the economy can be done without recognising the Taliban.
Leaders affirmed their commitment to channeling assistance directly to the Afghan people via independent international organisations, the White House said. They also discussed safe passage out of Afghanistan and how to prevent the country becoming a haven for terrorism.
When the Taliban took power in August after two decades of war with America, half the population was already reliant on aid. Officially labelled a terrorist organisation, the militant group hasn’t been given access to the country’s central bank reserves. The parlous state of the economy has raised fresh concerns about a potential mass exodus of refugees into neighbouring countries like Pakistan, with most of the efforts focused on keeping them from heading toward Turkey and onto Europe.
China was represented by foreign minister Wang Yi. The Asian nation was the country most lukewarm to the summit, one of the officials said. China wants all countries imposing unilateral sanctions on Afghanistan to revoke them and global financial institutions to support infrastructure projects and help Kabul fight poverty, Wang said in a statement after the meeting. Moscow, meanwhile, informed the Italian presidency earlier that both Putin and foreign minister Sergei Lavrov would be too busy to join, Kremlin spokesman said. Putin was replaced by deputy foreign minister Igor Morgulov and Kremlin special envoy Zamir Kabulov. Non G20 guests included Qatar. Also taking part were the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund.





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