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G20 to collaborate with Taliban in Afghan humanitarian aid;Moscow calls rival meet on 20 October

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Photo- G20 Italia 2021.

By Neeraj Nanda

MELBOURNE, 13 October 2021: The G20 countries have agreed to deal with the issue of humanitarian aid to Afghanistan through the United Nations and involving the ruling Taliban in Kabul. The decision was taken at an Extraordinary Meeting of G20 Leaders on Afghanistan held on 12 October 2021 via video conference.

The meeting called at the initiative under Italy’s Presidency of the G20 at the initiative of President of the Council of Ministers Mario Draghi stopped short of recognizing the Taliban regime which took power in Kabul after US and allied troops left the country on 15 August 2021.

The G20 meeting was not attended by the Russian President, Chinese President, UK Prime Minister, and the Indian Prime Minister. Russia and China had their foreign ministers present. India was represented by its foreign secretary Harsgvardhan Shringla.

Moscow has called a rival meeting on Afghanistan on 20 October, where the Taliban have also been invited.

Seventy-five percent of Afghanistan is foreign-aid dependent and billions of its bank assets in overseas banks have been frozen by the United States. What happens to these assets is not clear but aid from the European Community, IMF, and the World Bank looks certain.

The G20 meeting decided on Shared Goals and Principles and Lines of Action. These include respect for human rights, education for kids and girls and the country should not be a safe haven for terrorists. And, to allow safe passage to Afghans who wish to leave the country, Keep the Kabul airport open, and continuation of the COVAX facility for Covid-19 vaccinations in the country.

Read the Chair’s Summary of the meeting: https://www.g20.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/ChairsSummary.pdf

Meanwhile, the Taliban Foreign Minister in Doha has called upon the release of Afghanistan’s $ 9 billion assets frozen overseas and said “Instead of pressure, the world should cooperate with us.”, reports The Guardian.

Press Conference of the G20 Extraordinary Leaders’ Meeting on Afghanistan

Source- g20.org

PM Modi bats for International Solar Alliance at G20 summit

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Photo- PIB, New Delhi.

New Delhi (India), November 22 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said that the International Solar Alliance would help in reducing carbon footprint and called it the fastest-growing international organization with 88 signatories.

Speaking at the G20 summit virtually, Prime Minister Modi said, “We will meet our goal of 175 GW of renewable energy well before our target of 2022. We are taking a big step ahead by seeking to achieve 450 GW by 2030.” “The International Solar Alliance (ISA) is among the fastest-growing international organizations with 88 signatures. We plan to mobilize billions of dollars, train thousands of stakeholders, and promote research and development in renewable energy. The ISA will contribute to reducing carbon footprint,” he said further.

Citing the example of the Coalition for Disaster Resistance Infrastructure, Prime Minister Modi pointed out that 18 countries — of which nine countries are members of the G20 — and four have already joined the coalition.

“The CDRI has started work on increasing resilience of critical infrastructure. The damage during natural disasters is a subject that has not got enough attention it deserves. The poorer nations are impacted by this. Therefore, this coalition is extremely important,” he said.
Prime Minister Modi stressed that now is “the best time” for further increasing research in new and sustainable technologies and “should do so in the spirit of cooperation and collaboration.”

“The entire world can progress faster if there is greater support for technology and finance to the developing world. For humanity to prosper, every single individual must prosper rather than seeing labor as a factor of production alone, the focus must be on the human dignity of every worker,” he added.

Today, along with Prime Minister Modi, Chinese President Xi Jinping, US President Donald Trump, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and, Japan PM Yoshihide Suga.

The Summit also saw the participation of heads of state or government of 19 member countries, the European Union, other invited countries, and international organizations like the UN, IMF, FATF, OECD.