'Prevent Afghanistan from becoming source of radicalization and terrorism': PM Modi
He also underlined the need for immediate and unhindered access to humanitarian assistance for Afghanistan
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday underlined the need to ensure that Afghan territory does not become a source of radicalization and terrorism, regionally or globally.
He also emphasized on the need to enhance the joint fight against the nexus of radicalization, terrorism and the smuggling of drugs and arms in the region.
Prime Minister Modi was participating virtually in the G20 Extraordinary Summit on Afghanistan convened by Italy, which currently holds the G20 Presidency.
The meeting, chaired by Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi, considered issues related to the humanitarian situation; concerns relating to terrorism; and human rights in Afghanistan, a press release issued by the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) said.
The Prime Minister called for an inclusive administration in Afghanistan, which includes women and minorities, in order to preserve the socio-economic gains of the last 20 years and to restrict the spread of radical ideology.
During his address, PM Modi conveyed support for the important role of the United Nations in Afghanistan and called for renewed support of the G20 for the message contained in UN Security Council Resolution 2593 on Afghanistan.
The Prime Minister called on the international community to forge a unified international response without which it would be difficult to bring about the desired change in Afghanistan’s situation, the press release said.
In his remarks, the Prime Minister welcomed the initiative of the Italian G20 Presidency in convening the meeting to take stock of the current situation in Afghanistan.
Emphasizing the centuries old people-to-people ties between India and Afghanistan, Prime Minister Modi mentioned that over the last two decades, India had contributed to promoting socio-economic development and capacity building of youth and women in Afghanistan.
Over 500 development projects had been implemented by India in Afghanistan, he pointed out.
The Prime Minister noted that the Afghan people have a great feeling of friendship for India.
Noting that every Indian felt the pain of Afghan people facing hunger and malnutrition, he emphasized the need for the international community to ensure that Afghanistan has immediate and unhindered access to humanitarian assistance.