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OIC Foreign Ministers hold meeting in Islamabad, discuss Afghanistan

Council of Foreign Ministers of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation posing for photograph at the start of their meeting in Islamabad on December 19, 2021. Photo: OIC,

Islamabad, Dec 19 (MNN) A meeting of the OIC Foreign Ministers kicked off here on Sunday to discuss the “grave humanitarian situation” in neighbouring Afghanistan, where emphasis was laid on the peace process and need to combat violence in the crisis-ridden country.

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan, Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Saudi Arabai’s Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah, OIC Secretary General Hissein Ibrahim Taha, and Islamic Development Bank Group Chair Muhammad Sulaiman Al Jasser spoke at the opening session of the 17th session of emergency meeting of the Council of Foreign Ministers of Organization of Islamic Cooperation.

The meeting has been called as part of the OIC’s commitment to support solidarity and joint Islamic action in case of humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan.

In his speech, the OIC Secretary General called upon all Afghan parties to work to advance the interest of the Afghan people, protect lives, renounce violence, and establish lasting peace, in order to fulfil the aspirations and hopes of the Afghan people for stability, decent living, and prosperity.

He stressed OIC’s support to the peace process in Afghanistan, and expressed the Organization’s willingness to cooperate with the international and regional efforts aimed at achieving peace for the Afghan people, to harness its capabilities to achieve pace, security and stability in Afghanistan, and to make the necessary contacts in this regard.

Taha emphasised that OIC’s role in providing humanitarian aid has become more necessary than ever before, given the scale of the increasing humanitarian challenges facing the Afghan people.

In this regard, he called for strengthening the role of the OIC Mission in Kabul and to provide it with the financial, human, and logistical resources so that it could assume its full responsibilities in coordinating humanitarian and development support operations for the Afghan people.

He also urged member states and institutions of the Organization to provide humanitarian assistance through the organization’s mission.

The Secretary General stated that the OIC reiterated the importance of concerted efforts to combat terrorism and acts of violence in Afghanistan, and to ensure that the Afghan territories are not used as a platform or haven for terrorist organisations.

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