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OIC-CFM Speeches: FM Qureshi proposes six-point framework to support Afghan people
December 19, 2021

Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has proposed a six-point framework to support the Afghan people.

In his welcome address during 17th extraordinary session of the OIC Council of Foreign Ministers in Islamabad on Sunday, he said we should create a vehicle within the OIC to channel immediate and sustained humanitarian and financial support to the Afghan people including the pledges from the OIC and other donors.

He said we should agree to increase investment for the Afghan people bilaterally or through the OIC in areas such as education, health, technical and vocational skills to the Afghan youth.

A group of experts comprising the OIC, the UN and international financial institutions be established to consider ways and means to facilitate Afghan access to legitimate banking system and ease liquidity challenge of Afghan people.

We should focus on enhancing food security of the Afghan people and the Islamic organization of food security must lead this effort.

Shah Mahmood Qureshi said we should engage with the Afghan authorities to help meet the expectations of the international community regarding political and social inclusivity, respect for human rights especially of women and girls and combating terrorism.

Alluding to the dire humanitarian situation in Afghanistan and threat of economic meltdown there, the Foreign Minister said this is a moment to extend a collective helping hand and not withhold support.

He said that Pakistan concurred with the United Nations Secretary General that the humanitarian assistance be provided without conditions.

In his remarks, OIC Secretary General Hissein Brahim Taha said the OIC has always supported the Afghan people and the role of the OIC member countries in delivering humanitarian assistance is more necessary than ever before because of the growing challenges faced by the Afghan people. He called on the member countries to deliver humanitarian assistance through the OIC mission in Kabul.

The OIC Secretary General also called upon the international community to ensure Afghanistan never again becomes a safe haven for terrorism. 

The OIC Secretary General was appreciative of Pakistan for hosting this important meeting saying this reaffirms its total commitment to the issues faced by our wider Muslim community.

In his remarks, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu stressed that solidarity with the Afghan people is our moral obligation and religious duty. He said the OIC should play a leading role in mobilizing international support for the Afghan people.

In his remarks, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Martin Griffiths said Afghanistan's economy is now in free fall and if we do not act decisively and with compassion, this fall will pull down the entire population with it.

Alluding to the dire situation in Afghanistan, Martin Griffiths said the need for liquidity and stabilization of the banking system is now urgent not only to save the lives of the Afghan people but also to enable humanitarian organizations to respond.

He said the UN stands firmly with the OIC in its efforts to contribute to the humanitarian endeavor.

The Emergency Relief Coordinator said Emergency Relief Coordinator we will seek funding for our largest ever appeal of four point five billion dollars next year to help the most vulnerable in Afghanistan.

Addressing the OIC meeting, Chairman Islamic Development Bank Muhammad Sulaiman Al Jasser said that immediate humanitarian relief to Afghanistan is essential to build foundation for economic recovery and development. He said there is a need for medium to long term engagement to promote self-reliance and development beyond immediate humanitarian relief through reconstruction activities.

The Chairman Islamic Development Bank also emphasized the need for the development of agriculture sector in Afghanistan to ensure food security and poverty reduction. He said it is also important to economically empower the Afghan communities especially youth and women.

Addressing the conference, Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan said Saudi Arabia is committed to joint actions to mitigate the hardships and sufferings faced by the people of Afghanistan. He said humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan can lead to further instability and impact both regional and international peace.

The Saudi Foreign Minister said the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is committed to the joint actions under the umbrella of the OIC to achieve the objectives of peace, security and helping the needy. He said the people of Afghanistan need urgent need.

Prince Faisal bin Farhan said the situation in Afghanistan calls for communal action from all parties and rejection of all forms and manifestations of terrorism and extremism.

He said the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia urges the member states of the OIC and members of other international organizations to partake in extending the necessary international support to the Afghan people and to prevent degradation of the economic situation.

Speaking on behalf of the Arab group of the OIC member states, Foreign Minister of Jordan Ayman Safadi said we need to act together to protect the sisterly Afghans whose half of the population is facing dangers. He said we need to take initiatives and become effective as well as proactive to protect our brothers.

He said today Afghanistan stands at the crossroads. He said any chaos in the country could lead to instability and resurgence of terrorism there.

The Jordanian Foreign Minister said we have reached a stage where we can only witness the right decision that calls for negotiations and reaching out to each other and to the entire community with shared goals to help Afghanistan to become once again an effective member of international community.

He said we will be the most adversely affected of the situation in Afghanistan if we do not act in time and perform our duty to help the Afghan people.

Foreign Minister of Niger Yusuf Mohammed, in his remarks, said that over 20 million people of Afghanistan will be facing food crisis by the end of this year. He called for provision of required support to the Afghan people without interfering into the domestic affairs of Afghanistan.

He said it is also important to call upon our brothers in Afghanistan to involve the international community in order to undertake their international commitment and they also have to respect all segments of the Afghan society according to the principles of Islam.

The Niger's leader, who also represented the African Group in OIC said also raised for the legitimate rights of the people of Palestine.

In his remarks, UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Martin Griffiths said Afghanistan's economy is now in free fall and if we do not act decisively and with compassion, this fall will pull down the entire population with it.

Addressing the OIC meeting, Chairman Islamic Development Bank Muhammad Sulaiman Al Jasser called for immediate humanitarian relief to Afghanistan to build foundation for its economic recovery and development.