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Russia’s Putin, Italy’s Draghi and France’s Macron discuss Afghanistan crisis

Both Vladimir Putin and Mario Draghi spoke in favor of strengthening international efforts (File)

Moscow:

Russian President Vladimir Putin, Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi and French President Emmanuel Macron discussed Afghanistan in separate phone calls on Thursday, highlighting the importance of addressing humanitarian issues in the country.

The discussion came as G7 foreign ministers called on the international community to unite in response to the Afghan crisis to prevent it from progressing further.

The Kremlin said in a statement that both Putin and Draghi spoke in favor of strengthening international efforts, including the G20 bloc, to promote peace and stability in Afghanistan.

A diplomatic source in Rome said Italy holds the rotating presidency of the Group of 20 and is considering convening a special summit to address the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan.

In a statement from Rome, Draghi’s office said he and Putin had “substantial discussions” about the situation in Afghanistan and its regional implications.

The Italian statement said they also noted guidelines that the international community can follow “to restore Afghanistan’s stability, fight terrorism and illegal trafficking, and protect women’s rights”.

In a separate statement, Draghi’s office said the Italian leader had also spoken with French President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday.

“During the call, the two leaders discussed the various implications of the Afghan crisis, including the management of migration flows and the protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms in the country,” the statement said.

The Kremlin said Putin also spoke to Macron on Thursday, discussing Afghanistan under Taliban rule and the importance of ensuring the safety of civilians.

The Kremlin said in a statement that Putin and Macron also discussed the issues of Karabakh, Iran and Ukraine and agreed to continue personal contacts.

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