“Threats emerging out of Afghanistan need to be examined carefully,” says PM Modi in Italy

PM Modi warned the international community to be vigilant of any form of intimidation and threat that could emerge out of Afghanistan. 

Prime Minister, during his visit to Rome to attend the G20 summit in Italy, met with Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi on Friday, October 29. During the meeting the two leaders discussed the situation in Afghanistan, pointing out the root cause of the problems the country is currently battling. 

Stating the causes to be radicalism, extremism and terrorism, PM Modi surmised that their outcomes had to be very thoroughly examined by the international community, said Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla during a press conference. 

Moreover, the Prime Minister emphasised that the situation in Afghanistan could not be seen in isolation. He also listed the failure and inability to provide good governance and the failure to be able to deal with the situation as it stands as a matter of introspection. During the press conference, the Foreign Secretary also pointed out that PM Modi warned the international community to be vigilant of any form of intimidation and threat that could emerge out of Afghanistan.

There was a strong sentiment concerning Afghanistan that was understood both by members of the European Union and Italy, Shringla said, adding that both the leaders agreed upon those sentiments and highlighted it as something to be scrutinised.  

The Foreign Secretary noted that the emphasis of the leaders was also on the humanitarian situation in the country and the Italian Prime Minister referred to his efforts at the G20 summit to ensure that the people of Afghanistan were not made to suffer the consequences of the current situation. 

PM Modi also emphasised the need for distinction between the current governance of Afghanistan and the people of the country, asserting that the Afghani people ought to be offered humanitarian aid. Shringla said that PM Modi further necessitated that direct and unimpeded access to humanitarian assistance be provided to Afghanistan.

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