G20 leaders gather to discuss Afghanistan 

19:40, 12 October 2021
G20 leaders gather to discuss Afghanistan  Photo: Stringer/XinHua/Global Look Press

The leaders of the 20 major countries gathered in a video conference in order to discuss the situation in Afghanistan where the Taliban* took over following the withdrawal of the United States after over 20 years. 

After coming to power the Taliban plunged Afghanistan’s economy which has been suffering from constant crises to a new low by implementing radical reforms.

The economic situation in the country has forced many Afghans to flee their country creating yet another migrant crisis. 

"The summit’s focus points include urgent humanitarian support for the Afghan population, the fight against terrorism, freedom of movement inside the country and open borders," Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi, the meeting host’s office said in a statement.

It is expected that the discussion will last for around one and a half hours. 

The only leader that did not appear by himself and sent someone else is the Chinese President Xi Jinping.

It is also yet unclear whether the President of Russia Vladimir Putin will join the conference personally.

The crisis in Afghanistan is affecting the prices of the food while the lowered wages and absence of work make the situation even worse. 

"The crisis is affecting at least 18 million people - half the country's population," Secretary-General of the United Nations Antonio Guterres said in a statement.

*Taliban is a terror organization banned in the US, Russia and many other countries.