ISLAMABAD – Foreign Minister Sohail Mahmood yesterday invited the Heads of Resident Missions of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) to thank them for the support of Member States for the success of the 17th Extraordinary Session of the OIC-CFM, hosted by Pakistan on December 19, 2021, on the humanitarian situation in Afghanistan.
The Foreign Minister stressed that the high-level participation of Foreign Ministers and other high officials, in such a short time frame, was not only an expression of the strong support and solidarity of the OIC for the Afghan people, but also affirmed the leading role of the OIC on the issue. The Minister of Foreign Affairs thanked the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in his capacity as Chairman of the OIC Summit and the other members for their valuable contributions to the success.
Recalling Prime Minister Imran Khan’s opening speech, in which he stressed that unless immediate action is taken, the “situation in Afghanistan could become the greatest man-made crisis of our time”, the Minister of Foreign Affairs praised the OIC member states and the international community. for meeting the challenge by adopting substantive deliverables at the special session.
The Foreign Minister stressed that these decisions, including the establishment of the Humanitarian Trust Fund; appointment of an OIC special envoy to Afghanistan; revitalization of the OIC Mission in Kabul; creation of the food security program in Afghanistan; and the initiation of discussions to design a “road map” to unlock financial and banking channels in Afghanistan were all tangible and concrete steps.
The Foreign Minister stressed that the pledges of donations to the Humanitarian Trust Fund by the OIC Member States would be important to transform “collective commitments” into “concrete actions”. Reaffirming Pakistan’s unwavering commitment to the Afghan people; the foreign minister noted that the first shipment of 1,800 metric tons of wheat under the prime minister’s assistance program worth 5 billion rupees was sent to Afghanistan yesterday. The Foreign Minister added that Pakistan would continue to work with the OIC to devise practical ways to help our Afghan brothers.
At the forthcoming 48th session of the OIC Foreign Ministers Council, the Foreign Minister stated that Pakistan is looking forward to the participation of all OIC Foreign Ministers in the March 2022 meeting. , which coincides with the celebrations of the 75th anniversary of Pakistan’s independence.
The Foreign Minister stressed that as a founding member of the OIC, Pakistan remains committed to further strengthening brotherly ties and substantial cooperation within the Muslim Ummah.