19 December, 2021 00:07
The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has urged its member and non-member states to mobilise financial resources to organise and implement an immediate humanitarian assistance plan to support the people of Afghanistan.
In a statement to the opening session of the senior official meeting preparatory to the OIC extraordinary meeting of the OIC Council of Foreign Ministers on the humanitarian situation in Afghanistan, held Saturday in Pakistan's Islamabad, assistant secretary general of humanitarian affairs Tarig Ali Bakhit Salah stressed that after decades of war, suffering and insecurity, the people of Afghanistan need relief and peace.
Foreign secretary Masud Bin Momen is leading a five-member delegation to the 17th Extraordinary Session of the OIC Council of Foreign Ministers.
"It is crucial for the international community to take swift action to ensure that the people of Afghanistan have unimpeded access to life-saving assistance, and that humanitarian support is scaled up," said Tarig.
The OIC humanitarian office in Kabul will assume its responsibility in coordination with the various international agencies in delivering the required assistance to the millions of people in need, he added.
Tarig expressed his confidence that the OIC fraternity, the United Nations, regional partners as well as key stakeholders would take all necessary steps to bring sustainable solutions to the catastrophic humanitarian situation in Afghanistan in which millions of lives are at stake.
He expressed his sincere gratitude to Saudi Arabia as the chair of the Islamic Summit for taking the important initiative calling for an extraordinary session of the Council of Foreign Ministers.
At the same time, he expressed his deep appreciation to Pakistan for its generosity in hosting the conference.