In separate phone discussions, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi, and French President Emmanuel Macron discussed Afghanistan, emphasizing the need of tackling humanitarian difficulties in the nation. The talks took place as G7 foreign ministers urged the international community to unite in its approach to the Afghan situation in order to avoid it from worsening. According to the Kremlin, Putin and Draghi both spoke in favor of coordinating international efforts, particularly through the G20 group, to promote peace and stability in Afghanistan.
According to a diplomatic source in Rome, Italy, which currently holds the rotating presidency of the Group of 20, is considering convening a special summit to discuss the Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan. Draghi’s office claimed he and Putin had a “serious discussion” about the situation in Afghanistan and its wider consequences in a statement from Rome.
They also considered international recommendations “to restore Afghanistan’s stability, combat terrorism, and illegal trafficking, and protect women’s rights,” according to an Italian statement. Draghi’s office stated in a second statement that the Italian leader spoke with French President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday.
According to the statement, “during the call, the two leaders discussed the various ramifications of the Afghan issue, including the management of migratory flows and the safeguarding of human rights and fundamental freedoms in the nation.”
On Thursday, Putin spoke with Macron about Afghanistan under Taliban rule and the significance of maintaining civilian safety, according to the Kremlin. According to the Kremlin, Putin and Macron addressed topics such as Karabakh, Iran, and Ukraine, among others, and decided to maintain personal contact.