Prevent Kabul from becoming source of terrorism: PM Modi

New Delhi: Afghanistan requires “unhindered humanitarian assistance” and “inclusive government,” said Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the special meeting of the G20 leaders on Afghanistan held on Tuesday. But he also stressed on preventing Afghan territory from becoming the source of radicalization and terrorism. He reiterated India’s call for shaping international response on the Afghan crisis along the conditions laid down in the UNSC Resolution 2593, and urged for preserving the gains of the last two decades in Afghanistan.

Addressing the virtual meeting, PM Modi referred to good people-to-people contact between India and Afghanistan and informed the Italy-led deliberation that India has implemented over 500 development projects in Afghanistan in the last two decades.

“The Prime Minister also underlined the need to ensure that the Afghan territory does not become a source of radicalization and terrorism, regionally or globally. He emphasized on the need to ensure our joint fight against the nexus of radicalization, terrorism and the smuggling of drugs and arms in the region,” said an official statement released after Modi’s speech.

The call for humanitarian assistance to Afghanistan has become stronger in recent weeks as the country faces a grim winter ahead because of food and medicine shortages. External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar had called for similar humanitarian measures in his speech at a high level meeting in the UN last month on the situation in Afghanistan. Taliban’s foreign affairs spokesperson Abdul Qahar Balkhi said on Monday the Taliban (Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan) would protect those who wish to help the country at present.

India, as other countries, has not yet recognized the Taliban set-up in Kabul as a legitimate government of Afghanistan.

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