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The idea is to widen the global discussion on the crisis to countries including Russia and China.

China, a G20 member, may be set to play a bigger role in Afghanistan after the Taliban swept to power last month and Western forces withdrew.

For Beijing, a stable and cooperative administration in Kabul would pave the way for an expansion of its overseas infrastructure drive, analysts say.

The Taliban, meanwhile, may consider China a crucial source of investment and economic support.

On Friday, a Taliban spokesman said Beijing had promised to increase humanitarian aid to the war-ravaged country.

Italy's foreign minister Luigi Di Maio said Tuesday that the ministry was working to "verify the conditions, modalities and timetable" for holding such a summit.

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