Pakistan Backs Saudi Arabia to Convene Extraordinary OIC Meeting to Discuss Afghanistan

The government of Pakistan has offered to host the extraordinary session of the Council of Foreign Ministers of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) convened by Saudi Arabia to discuss the latest situation in Afghanistan, including the worsening humanitarian crisis.

“The Impending economic collapsel and further deterioration of living conditions will lead to more instability within Afghanistan, which will adversely affect regional and international peace and security,” the Riyadh Daily reported on Monday.

“Guided by principles of Islamic solidarity with the people of Afghanistan, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, as Chair of the Islamic Summit, and in-line with relevant OIC decisions on Afghanistan, called upon the OIC to, urgently, convene an Extraordinary Ministerial Meeting to discuss the humanitarian situation in the country and pathways for an urgent humanitarian response,” the paper added.

Pakistan offered to host this meeting in Islamabad on 17 December 2021, the agency said, adding the Kingdom looks forward to convening this urgent meeting and hopes that it results in finding appropriate means and mechanisms to deliver aid to the Afghan people, and to coordinate procedures with relevant UN agencies, international financial institutions, and the international community for the sake of mitigating the humanitarian impact and alleviating the suffering of the Afghan people.

“The Kingdom hopes this will also serve as an opportunity to demonstrate a collective stance on key principles. This includes the importance of taking steps to ensure Afghanistan’s security and stability and preserve its sovereignty and territorial integrity, free from external interference, while rejecting terrorism in all its forms and manifestations and ensuring that Afghan territory is not used as a refuge or safe haven for terrorist and extremist groups,” the paper added.

“Pakistan fully endorses this initiative. We also offered to host this meeting in Islamabad on the 17th of December 2021. We are confident that the OIC member states will endorse this offer,” Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said on Monday in a video statement.

“We are bound by fraternal bonds of amity and brotherhood with the people of Afghanistan. Today, our Afghan brothers and sisters need us more than ever before,” he said.

 


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