G20 Special Meeting on Afghanistan to be held on October 12 – Draghi

Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi speaks during a joint press conference with Italian Economy Minister Daniele Franco (not pictured) on the government’s new budget targets in Rome, Italy, September 29, 2021. REUTERS / Yara Nardi

ROME, September 29 (Reuters) – An extraordinary meeting of the Group of 20 major economies to discuss Afghanistan will take place on October 12, Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi announced on Wednesday.

Italy holds the rotating G20 presidency this year, and Draghi recently discussed Afghanistan with other world leaders – including Russian Vladimir Putin and Chinese Xi Jinping – with the aim of holding a special meeting to set strategies for dealing with the crisis.

“We have to see if there are common goals between the G20 countries … we have reached a point where we just have to worry about saving lives,” Draghi said at a conference. Press.

The international community must also define a strategy to prevent Afghanistan from becoming a haven for militants, he said.

The extraordinary meeting of the G20 will take place a few weeks before the leaders’ summit scheduled for Rome on October 30 and 31. Draghi said Qatar, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and the United Nations will also participate.

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“I think it is the duty of the richest countries in the world to do something to prevent a humanitarian catastrophe,” Draghi said.

Reporting by Angelo Amante; Editing by Andrew Heavens and Angus MacSwan

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