The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) announced on Monday that Prime Minister Narendra Modi will virtually attend the Group of 20 (G20) Extraordinary Leaders’ Summit in Afghanistan on October 12.
The Italian Presidency of the G-20 has invited Prime Minister Narendra Modi to participate in the upcoming G20 Extraordinary Leaders’ Summit on Afghanistan on October 12 in virtual format, according to the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on Monday.
The meeting’s agenda also includes a discussion on humanitarian needs and access to basic services and livelihood; security and counter-terrorism; and mobility, migration, and human rights, according to the ministry.
PM had previously attended the SCO-CSTO Afghanistan Outreach Summit. Dr. S Jaishankar, the Minister of External Affairs, attended a meeting of G20 Foreign Ministers on Afghanistan on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York.
The G20 is an important venue for building international agreement and facilitating a coordinated strategy amongst multilateral organisations, notably the UN and its agencies, and global and regional actors to address Afghanistan’s deteriorating humanitarian catastrophe.
Since the Taliban seized power in Afghanistan, a small number of countries, including China and Pakistan, have expressed interest in forming links with the group. Other foreign members, on the other hand, are quite conservative.
In the wake of the Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan and the country’s deteriorating security situation, India’s Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla said earlier this month had said that India must be prepared to deal with any contingency that may arise as a result of a more volatile Afghanistan, and that the situation in the neighbouring country could worsen due to a humanitarian crisis and a lack of governance.