G-7 grappling with Afghanistan, an afterthought not so long ago | national news

COVID-19, China and climate change dominated the agenda. And expectations for Biden’s impending summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin were at the top of people’s tongues.

The leaders placed Afghanistan 57th out of 70 points in their 25-page final communiqué, behind Ukraine, Belarus and Ethiopia. Afghanistan was not even included in the one-and-a-half-page summary of the document. NATO had already signed the US withdrawal and all that appeared to be left was the completion of an orderly withdrawal and hope for a peace deal between the Afghan government and the Taliban.

“We call on all Afghan parties to reduce violence and agree on measures for the successful implementation of a permanent and comprehensive ceasefire and to engage fully in the peace process. In Afghanistan, a lasting and inclusive political settlement is the only way to achieve a just and lasting peace that benefits all Afghans, ”the leaders said, without the slightest urgency.

“We are determined to continue our support for the Afghan government to meet the country’s urgent security and humanitarian needs, and to assist the Afghan people, including women, youth and minority groups, as we continue to support the Afghan government. they seek to preserve hard-won rights and freedoms. ,” they said.

But as summer passes into fall, those hopes have been dashed.

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