G20 Leaders Say Taliban Will Be Involved in Humanitarian Efforts

G20 Leaders Say Taliban Will Be Involved in Humanitarian Efforts


The Group of 20 (G20) held a video conference on Tuesday at which they agreed the Taliban must be actively involved in distributing humanitarian aid to the people of Afghanistan. The group insisted this concession should not be construed as formal recognition of the Taliban’s legitimacy.

“Addressing the humanitarian crisis will require contacts with the Taliban, but this does not mean their recognition. We must acknowledge that they will be judged for what they do, not for what they say,” said Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi, who currently holds the rotating chairmanship of the G20.

“It is very hard to see how you can help people in Afghanistan without involving the Taliban,” Draghi said.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel argued it would be necessary

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