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G20 leaders affirm cooperation on humanitarian assistance for Afghanistan 

  • October 13, 2021
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All national dailies reported on an online meeting of the G20 leaders on Tuesday, during which the participants agreed on the need for the international community to work together to address the humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan and promote human rights in the country. Prime Minister Kishida said at the virtual meeting that Japan will provide a total of $200 million in assistance this year, including $65 million through international organizations. Nikkei, Asahi, and Sankei wrote that the White House released a statement saying: “The Leaders reaffirmed their collective commitment to provide humanitarian assistance directly to the Afghan people through independent international organizations, and to promote fundamental human rights for all Afghans, including women, girls, and members of minority groups.” Asahi wrote that despite this statement, the United States has no intention to lift its sanctions on Afghanistan at an early date but plans to continue to press the Taliban to respect human rights by maintaining the sanctions.    

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