Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday called on the international community to ensure that Afghan territory does not become a source of radicalisation and terrorism, and pitched for a united global response to bring about the desired change in that country.
The meeting was chaired by Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi, who hosted a special summit of the Group 20 major economies on Tuesday. PM Narendra Modi, who participated in the meeting virtually, welcomed the initiative to assemble a special meeting to take look at the present scenario in Afghanistan.
The meeting tackled issues related to humanitarian situation, concerns relating to terrorism, and human rights issue in Afghanistan following the Taliban’s return to power.
Emphasising the centuries old people-to-people ties between India and Afghanistan, PM Modi 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 also recalled that over 500 development projects have been implemented in Afghanistan by India.
“The Prime Minister noted that the Afghan people have a great feeling of friendship for India. He 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,” a statement by the government read.
Furthermore, the Prime Minster called for an inclusive administration in Afghanistan, which includes women and minorities, to preserve the socio-economic development that the country has made over the last 20 years and also to restrict the spread of radical ideology.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi stated in 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.
He also called on the international community to forge a unified response on Afghanistan’s situation.