An extraordinary G20 summit on Afghanistan will be held on October 12, Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi announced.
Italy currently holds the rotating G20 presidency, and Draghi has been pushing for a meeting on the situation in Afghanistan since the Taliban came to power last month.
“We are heading towards a humanitarian catastrophe (in Afghanistan) and it is our duty to intervene,” he told a news conference, according to the Italian news agency ANSA.
He called on G20 members to “do something unconditional”, stressing the need to “save lives”, ANSA said.
Qatar and the UN will be among the participants, Draghi added.
The extraordinary meeting will be held weeks before the G20 leaders’ summit in Rome on October 30-31.
Draghi told the UN General Assembly last week that the summit would focus on security, humanitarian aid and human rights in Afghanistan.
The Italian prime minister’s announcement came a day after EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell reiterated “the need for strong coordination between international partners on the political and humanitarian aspects and to carefully calibrate future engagement for the benefit of the Afghan people.” ”.//AA
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