G7 deeply concerned at Afghanistan situation

KABUL (Pajhwok): Leaders of the world’s seven richest nations have expressed deep concern about the political situation and the deterioration of the humanitarian and economic situation in Afghanistan.

The leaders, who met in Germany, promised to support Ukraine “for as long as it takes” on the second day of the summit.

The G7 leaders – Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the UK and the US – have been joined in Bavaria, Germany by two representatives from the European Union.

About Afghanistan, the leaders reassured the people of Afghanistan of their principled support and continued humanitarian assistance and assistance to cover basic human needs, based on the respect for humanitarian principles and fundamental human rights, including women’s rights.

“We also reassure the people of Afghanistan the provision of swift relief, in coordination with the UN, to the communities struck by the recent earthquake,” the leaders said in a joint statement.

They said they were united in strong condemnation of the ongoing violence with recurring terrorist attacks particularly targeting members of ethnic and religious minority groups.

“We call upon the Taliban to respect human rights, especially the rights of women and girls and members of minority groups, including the right to education for all without discrimination.”

The group also urged the Taliban to take significant steps in support of creating inclusive and representative governance of Afghanistan.


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