G20 leaders to increase humanitarian aid for Afghanistan

G20 leaders to increase humanitarian aid for Afghanistan

The leaders of the Group of 20 nations have agreed to step up humanitarian aid to Afghanistan following the US military withdrawal in August — willing to negotiate with the Taliban to ensure the help gets through but not prepared to recognize the extremist group.

G20 members, including President Biden and a number of European leaders, took part in the virtual meeting Tuesday in Rome, but absent were China’s Xi Jinping and Russia’s Vladimir Putin.

Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi, who hosted the virtual summit, said the failure of Russia and China to attend did not diminish the importance of the meeting. 

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“This was the first multilateral response to the Afghan crisis … multilateralism is coming back, with difficulty, but it is coming

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