Italian leader Mario Draghi announced on Wednesday that the G20 world economic powers will hold a summit on Afghanistan next month to prevent a humanitarian disaster.
“There will be an extraordinary G20 summit on Afghanistan on October 12,” Draghi told reporters.
“We want to see if it is possible for the world’s 20 richest countries to have the same objective.”
Rome, which has the rotating presidency of the G20 forum, is seeking to broaden the global discussion on the Afghan crisis to countries including Russia and China.
“I’ve heard endlessly that a humanitarian catastrophe is about to happen because Afghanistan has no support from the rest of the world,” Draghi said.
“I think it is the duty of the richest countries in the world to do something to avoid human catastrophe,” he said.
The summit will also look at measures the international community can take to “prevent Afghanistan from becoming the epicenter of international terrorism again”.
He said the gathering would be open to other participants, including the United Nations, the Netherlands, Spain and Qatar.
It is likely that the Afghanistan summit will be organized by video-link.
The G20 heads of state or government are already scheduled to attend the main G20 summit in Rome on 30 and 31 October in person.
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