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Putin discusses Afghanistan with Macron, Draghi by phone

Xinhua | Updated: 2021-08-20 10:15

Russian President Vladimir Putin. [Photo/Agencies]

MOSCOW - Russian President Vladimir Putin held phone conversations with French President Emmanuel Macron and Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi respectively on Thursday to discuss the situation in Afghanistan.

Putin and Macron noted the importance of ensuring the safety of civilians and addressing pressing humanitarian challenges, the Kremlin said in a press release.

They expressed willingness to help establish peace and stability in Afghanistan through cooperation, including efforts within the framework of the United Nations Security Council and the Group of 20.

During the talks between Putin and Draghi, both sides underlined the significance of preventing a humanitarian catastrophe and ensuring the safety of the Afghan people.

Putin and Draghi stressed the need to further counter the spread of terrorist ideology and deal with the drug threat emanating from the territory of Afghanistan.

The leaders called for consolidating international efforts to help establish peace and stability in the Central Asian country.

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