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Foreign Ministry Note – First meeting of the Steering Committee for the “Italian Plan for the Afghan people”

The first meeting of the Steering Committee for the “Italian Plan for the Afghan People”, launched by Minister Di Maio, was held today at the Foreign Ministry, in hybrid format. The meeting was attended by officials from the Prime Minister’s Office and the Interior, Defence, Health, Education, University and Research, Labour and Social Policies, and Justice Ministries, as well as from the Departments for Regional Affairs and Autonomous Communities and for Equal Opportunities. The meeting was called to establish guidelines for and the operational aspects of the projects already under way and planned interventions, at national level and in agreement with our principal international partners, to address the many aspects of the Afghan crisis.

The meeting also looked into the possible paths to follow in order to make use of all available channels, at central, local and civil society level, and with multilateral bodies, to confirm and revitalise Italy’s commitment to the Afghan people, even in “phase 2”, beyond the current emergency. The objective is to structure Italy’s contribution on a humanitarian level and in response to the more urgent needs, and to strengthen the actions for ensuring respect of fundamental human rights, with a special focus on the condition of women and minors.

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