ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Monday welcomed Saudi Arabia’s move to request an extraordinary session of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation’s (OIC) Council of Foreign Ministers to discuss the situation in Afghanistan and announced that Pakistan had offered to host the meeting in Islamabad on December 17.
According to a statement issued by the Foreign Office (FO), Qureshi said that Pakistan “fully supports” the initiative taken by Saudi Arabia and expressed confidence that other OIC members will also support the resolution.
Saudi Arabia, which chairs the OIC summit, called for an extraordinary session on the same day.
The meeting was convened to discuss the situation in Afghanistan and the “pathway for an immediate humanitarian response”, accepting Pakistan’s offer to host the summit.
Since the Taliban took control of Afghanistan on August 15, the country – already reeling from drought and severe poverty after decades of war – has seen its economy collapse, raising the risk of refugees fleeing .
According to the FO’s statement, Qureshi also highlighted the need to provide humanitarian assistance to the people of Afghanistan in this difficult time.
“Afghanistan is a founding member of the OIC. As part of the Islamic Ummah, we are bound by the bonds of friendship and brotherhood of brotherhood with the people of Afghanistan,” he said. than ever before.”
Describing the situation in the warned country, he said that Afghanistan is currently facing “a dire humanitarian situation – millions of Afghans, including women and children, face an uncertain future.” [the] lack of food, medicines and other essential life supplies”.
And the arrival of winter has added to this humanitarian crisis, the foreign minister said. He stressed the need for the OIC to take “steps to help our Afghan brothers”.
“We must intensify our collective efforts to address the humanitarian needs of the Afghan people, provide them with immediate and sustained assistance, and remain with them for the betterment and prosperity of Afghanistan.”
According to the FO, the first extraordinary session of the OIC Foreign Ministers’ Council was held in Islamabad in January 1980, that too on the then situation in Afghanistan.
“Next month, we will gather once again in Islamabad to reaffirm our enduring solidarity and support with the Afghan people,” Qureshi said.
The Foreign Minister said that he was confident about the meeting, considering it “concrete steps to help address the humanitarian and economic challenges facing Afghanistan” and that he called on OIC member states to welcome their fellow foreign ministers to Islamabad.
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