Conference of Foreign Ministers: OIC to Establish Fund for Afghanistan
Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said the extraordinary session of the Council of Foreign Ministers of the Organization for Islamic Cooperation (OIC) agreed to establish a humanitarian trust fund to assist Afghanistan.
He was addressing the media after the lecture which was addressed by Prime Minister Imran Khan and other dignitaries. Imran Khan urged the United States to dissociate the Afghan Taliban and the Afghan people.
The conference brought together 70 delegations from OIC countries, permanent members of the UN and international organizations. At least 20 OIC Foreign Ministers attended the debate while other countries sent their Deputy Foreign Ministers or other representative.
Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi presented a six-point framework for resolving the humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan. The Turkish Foreign Minister also presented his proposal while the Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister announced that his country had allocated one billion riyals to Afghanistan.
Informing reporters of the results of the conference, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said the conference adopted resolutions on humanitarian aid to Afghanistan and the situation in Palestine.
He said conference participants agreed on the following action points:
- Establish a humanitarian trust fund for Afghanistan.
- Launch a food security program for Afghanistan.
- To unlock financial and banking channels because the Afghan economy cannot function and people cannot be helped without banking services.
- Appoint an OIC Special Envoy for Afghanistan
- Forge a partnership between the OIC and United Nations (UN) agencies.
- Urge the international community that sanctions should not hinder the delivery of humanitarian aid.
The minister said that the conference participants also agreed that the OIC secretariat should engage with the World Health Organization (WHO) to obtain coronavirus vaccines and medical supplies for Afghanistan. .
“This is just the start. We have made the international community aware of the magnitude of this challenge.
He said that now we will have to work to alleviate the suffering of the Afghan people.
Dissociate the Afghans from the Taliban
Earlier in his speech, Prime Minister Imran Khan urged the United States to dissociate the 40 million Afghan citizens from the Taliban and take urgent action to send humanitarian aid to the country.
He said that the last OIC extraordinary session was convened to discuss Afghanistan 41 years ago.
He said if the world does not act, Afghanistan will be the greatest man-made crisis.
“If foreign aid dries up, foreign reserves are frozen, the banking system crashes, any country would collapse, let alone Afghanistan.”
He said the United States established conditions of human rights, women’s rights and inclusive government before foreign aid was channeled to Afghanistan.
“Every society’s idea of human rights and women’s rights is different. When we talk about human rights and women’s rights, we have to be culturally sensitive. “
He said the Taliban is ready to comply with these preconditions. Unless immediate action is taken, Afghanistan is heading for chaos.
“Any government unable to pay the salaries of its civil servants, hospital, doctors, nurses, it will collapse”
If the Afghan government does not have the capacity to fight terrorism, ISIL (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant) will become a threat.
He warned the world that ISIL is capable of international terrorism and that only a stable Afghan government can deal with it.
He hopes the conference can come up with a strategy to get Afghanistan out of the crisis.
Qureshi’s six-point framework
In his speech, Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said millions of Afghan children are at risk of dying of malnutrition as 22.8 million people face a food shortage in the country.
He said previous Afghan governments had been overly dependent on foreign aid.
“The developments of August 2021 changed the political landscape of the country but they did not make the needs of Afghans less pressing,” he said.
“For its part, Pakistan has demonstrated that its approach to Afghanistan is guided by pressing humanitarian concerns,” he said.
As a gesture of goodwill, Pakistan authorized the transport of life-saving medicines from India and Afghanistan.
He presented a six-point framework for world powers to expand support for Afghanistan
- Create a vehicle within the OIC to channel immediate and sustained humanitarian and financial supports to the Afghan people, including commitments from OIC Member States and other donors.
- Increase investment in the Afghan people in areas such as education, health, and technical and vocational training.
- An expert group, composed of experts from the OIC, UN and IFI, be established to consider ways to consider ways to facilitate Afghanistan’s access to legitimate banking services and alleviate severe cash flow problems for Afghans.
- Focus on improving food security for Afghans.
- Invest in building the capacity of Afghan institutions in the fight against terrorism and the illicit drug trade.
- Collaborate with the Afghan authorities to help meet the expectations of the international community, particularly in terms of political and social inclusion, respect for human rights and the fight against terrorism.
Saudi foreign minister hails Pakistan’s efforts
The Foreign Minister of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Prince Faisal bin Farhan, stressed the urgency of humanitarian support for the Afghans.
“This meeting sends a message to the entire world community for immediate action to end the situation in Afghanistan,” he said.
He said the suffering of the Afghan people has lasted too long and they have faced instability and lack of peace.
“The General Secretariat reaffirms its full support for reconciliation in Afghanistan, hoping that all parties will engage in a peaceful dialogue to resolve all disputes.
The Saudi foreign minister also told the conference that his country has allocated one billion Saudi riyals to Afghanistan.
Faisal bin Farhan applauded Pakistan’s efforts and said Islamabad made the conference possible as soon as possible.
Ambassador Hissein Ibrahim Taha, Secretary General of the Organization for Islamic Cooperation (OIC), said that by hosting this event, Pakistan reaffirms its full commitment to the issues facing Muslim countries.
Turkish Foreign Minister presents four-point plan
In his speech, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said it was our moral and religious duty to help the Afghan people.
He urged the OIC to play a leading role in mobilizing international support for Afghanistan.
He presented a four point plan to help the Afghan people
- Coordinate humanitarian aid to Afghanistan.
- The collapse of the economy must be avoided. The promised money should reach the Afghan people.
- The OIC should work with other international organizations to support displaced people in Afghanistan.
- Work with the Taliban to achieve stability. The Afghan government should, by being inclusive, protect the rights of all and ensure the access of women and girls to employment and education.
OIC Extraordinary Session
For the first time in 41 years, Pakistan has hosted a major gathering of the Islamic world.
Acting Afghan Foreign Minister Amir Khan Mottaqi, Malaysian Foreign Minister Saifuddin Abdullah, Turkmenistan Raşit Meredov, Indonesian Retno Marsudi, Sheikh Khalifa Issa of Oman were already in Islamabad on Saturday. Kyrgyzstan’s deputy foreign minister also arrived.
Guests were greeted by Federal Minister of Defense Production Zubeida Jalal and Minister of State Ali Muhammad Khan. E
Expecting positive results from the meeting, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said Pakistan wants to convince the world that the current severe economic crisis that Afghanistan is facing will affect the whole region and the world seems to be in be convinced today.
The meeting brought together 57 OIC Member States, the five permanent members of the United Nations, the United States, Russia, China, Britain, France, Germany, as well as Japan, Italy and the European Union, international financial institutions and the UN. organizations.
The OIC Council of Foreign Ministers held 16 extraordinary meetings previously. Pakistan also hosted a meeting on Afghanistan in 1980. Of the 47 regular meetings of the Council, Pakistan hosted meetings in 1970, 1980, 1993 and 2007.