Muttaqi Leaves for Pakistan to Attend OIC Meeting

Acting Foreign Minister, Amir Khan Muttaqi, and his accompanying delegation left Kabul for Islamabad on Saturday morning to attend the Organization for Islamic Cooperation’s (OIC) extraordinary ministerial meeting on Afghanistan.  

The meeting is set to be held on Sunday in Islamabad to discuss the humanitarian situation of Afghanistan and ways to prevent the deterioration of the situation.

Talking to reporters at Kabul airport, Muttaqi said Afghanistan’s economic and humanitarian situation will be discussed at the meeting. He also said the Islamic Emirate delegation will talk about future relationships between Afghanistan and the participating countries.

According to Muttaqi, this meeting is important for Afghanistan and will have a positive impact on the Islamic Emirate’s relation with the world.

“This is the first time that the Islamic countries are holding such a meeting on Afghanistan. Our specific demands from the world are to provide Afghanistan with humanitarian assistance as well as political support. We will also talk about our future relationships with them,” Muttaqi said.

Muttaqi said that recognition is a legitimate right of the current government, adding that ultimately it will obtain it.

He also said the Islamic countries should invest in Afghanistan and build good relations with the Islamic Emirate.

Meanwhile, Nazir Kabiri, deputy finance minister, said the Islamic Emirate had sent an economic plan to the OIC meeting beforehand.

According to Kabiri, in the plan they requested the establishment of a development trust fund for development and infrastructure projects in Afghanistan.

“The Islamic Emirate economic plan has been sent to the conference. In this plan, we have requested the establishment of a development trust fund for Afghanistan,” he said.

On the sidelines of the summit, Muttaqi met with his Pakistani counterpart, Shah Mahmood Qureshi.

“Met with Afghanistan’s acting FM Amir Khan Muttaqi ahead of the 17th OIC Extraordinary Session of the CFM and discussed the serious humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan,” Qureshi said in a tweet on Saturday. “We have a collective responsibility to act for the people of Afghanistan.”

Pakistan said earlier it had invited the five permanent members of the UN Security Council and representatives of the European Union and other international organizations to attend the meeting.

The meeting is being held as Afghanistan faces s severe economic and humanitarian crisis.

According to Kabiri, around 40 Islamic countries and organizations will attend the meeting.

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