Italy to host G20 summit on Afghanistan

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Italy plans to hold a special G20 summit to address the crisis in Afghanistan on October 12, Prime Minister Mario Draghi says.

Draghi, who chairs the G20 this year, has been planning to hold a crisis meeting since the Taliban's rapid takeover of Afghanistan in August.

Alongside the world's 20 leading economies, other attendees are to include representatives from the United Nations and the World Bank, he said.

The summit chiefly aims to seek solutions to the "humanitarian catastrophe" Afghanistan is facing, he said.

"It is the duty of the richest countries in the world to do something," Draghi said.

"It is about saving human lives."

He added that the second key area of focus is combating terror and identifying measures to prevent Afghanistan from becoming a haven for terrorism.

G20 foreign ministers prepared the summit on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly.

Two weeks after the Afghanistan meeting, the regular G20 summit is due to be held in Rome.

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