Pakistan offers to host OIC summit to discuss Afghan crisis

Nov 29, 2021: Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi on Monday welcomed Saudi Arabia’s request for an extraordinary meeting of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Council of Foreign Ministers to consider the crisis in Afghanistan.

Pakistan offered to host the conference in Islamabad.

Saudi Arabia, which is the chair of the OIC summit, made the call for the extraordinary session earlier on Monday, according to the state-run Saudi Press Agency.

According to the FO statement, Qureshi also highlighted the need to provide humanitarian assistance to the people of Afghanistan during this difficult time. “Afghanistan is a founding member of the OIC. As part of the Islamic Ummah, we are bound by the fraternal bonds of friendship and brotherhood with the people of Afghanistan,” he said.

“Afghanistan is facing a dire humanitarian situation – millions of Afghans, including women and children, are facing uncertain futures due to shortages of food, medicine and other essentials,” Qureshi added.

He emphasised the need for the OIC to step in to help our Afghan brethren.

“We must intensify our collective efforts to address the humanitarian needs of the Afghan people, provide them with immediate and sustainable assistance, and engage with them for the well-being and prosperity of Afghanistan.”

International aid agencies have warned that more than half of Afghanistan’s 38 million people could face starvation this winter, as the country suffers from a deteriorating economy following the return of the Taliban to power.

Inflation and unemployment have risen in Afghanistan, and international aid, which used to make up 75 percent of the previous US-backed government’s budget, has dried up.

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