New Delhi: In the virtual online G20 Extraordinary Summit held on Tuesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged the international community to work unitedly towards providing 'urgent and unhindered' assistance to the people of Afghanistan. Modi emphasised the rich cultural and diplomatic ties between the two countries and reminded the world that India had contributed to 500 development projects in Afghanistan.
"Participated in the G20 Summit on Afghanistan. Stressed on preventing Afghan territory from becoming the source of radicalisation and terrorism," he tweeted. The Prime Minister had also called for a unified international response based on United Nations Security Council Resolution 2593 is necessary to improve the situation in Afghanistan. An inclusive administration with representation from women and minorities was the best hope for Afghanistan, he remarked.
Modi also empathised with the sufferings of the populace and said that humanitarian assistance was needed as the Afghan people faced 'hunger and malnutrition in droves. However, it was important not to let the country become a bastion for terrorists and other activities like smuggling of drugs and arms the official press release of his statement said.
"He 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," added the Ministry of External Affairs.