Pakistani FM Calls on World to Help Afghan People

Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi called on the international community to engage in Afghanistan, and continue to support the Afghan people to prevent a major humanitarian crisis in the country.

Qureshi citing UN estimates, said that half of the Afghan population is faced with acute food shortage, which is a worsening situation.

Qureshi said in a statement that Pakistan will host a session of the OIC Council of Foreign Ministers on Sunday

“It will provide an opportunity to dilate upon concrete steps to meet the humanitarian needs of the Afghan people. Being part of Muslim Ummah (community), our relations with the people of Afghanistan are deep-rooted in friendship and brotherhood,” Qureshi said.

Qureshi pinned high hopes that the OIC can extend support to the Afghan people to control the humanitarian crisis. 

The Taliban confirmed that they will join the OIC summit in Pakistan on Sunday. 

Waliullah Shaheen, head of the Center for Strategic Studies at the Afghan Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said that economy, banking system, and the normalization of Afghanistan’s relations with the world would be the agenda of the meeting.

Pakistan also invited delegations from the US, Russia, Britain, the European Union, the World Bank, and humanitarian organizations to the summit.


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