Islamabad, Dec 20 (MNN) Ambassador Tariq Ali Bakheet has been appointed the OIC Secretary General’s Special Envoy on Afghanistan to follow up on the implementation of Council of Foreign Ministers meeting’s endeavours, particularly with regard to coordinating efforts for supply of humanitarian assistance to the Afghan people.
Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Secretary General Hissein Brahim Taha announced the appointment of Assistant Secretary General for Humanitarian, Cultural and Social Affairs Bakheet at the close of the 17th extraordinary session of the OIC Council of Foreign Ministers in Islamabad.
The Special Envoy will coordinate delivery of humanitarian assistance and support, and is mandated to pursue economic and political engagement with Afghanistan.
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.
The meeting was 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.