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G20: The leaders also committed to provide humanitarian aid directly to the Afghan people (File)

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The G20 leaders, who held a virtual summit in Afghanistan on Tuesday, are “laser-focused” on preventing the Taliban-ruled country from becoming a terrorist haven and providing humanitarian aid, a US readout on the meeting says.

The leaders of the world’s major economies, including US President Joe Biden, joined Qatar, UN representatives and key mediators to “discuss the critical need to maintain a laser-focused on our enduring counter-terrorism efforts against threats from ISIS-K, A White House statement said.

It was referring to the branch of the jihadist ISIS group in the region, a bitter rival of the Taliban that has recently staged a series of deadly attacks while trying to destabilize the country’s new rulers.

It claimed responsibility for last week’s suicide attack on a Shia mosque in which 55 people were killed.

The US readout said the G20 leaders also discussed the need to provide safe passage for foreign nationals and “Afghan partners” who hope to leave Afghanistan with those documents.

The leaders reaffirmed their commitment to provide humanitarian assistance directly to the Afghan people through independent international organizations and to “promote fundamental human rights for all Afghans, including women, girls and members of minority groups”.

The United States – which completed a chaotic withdrawal from Afghanistan in late August – is committed to “using diplomatic, humanitarian and economic means to address the situation in Afghanistan and support the Afghan people.”

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