17th Extraordinary Session of OIC Council of Foreign Ministers due in Islamabad December 19

Pakistan’s Ambassador to Tunisia Taher Andrabi said during a meeting with the press that the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) will meet at Foreign Ministers’ level for Extraordinary Sessions to consider any emergency situation and the deteriorating humanitarian situation in Afghanistan, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (current OIC Summit Chair), last month, proposed to convene an Extraordinary Sessions of the OIC FM.

Pakistan welcomed the proposal and offered to host the Extraordinary Session, which will be held in Islamabad on 19 December 2021 (Sunday). The meeting will be preceded by a Senior Officials Meeting on 18 December 2021, he said.

Besides all OIC Member and Observer States, the UN system, International Financial Institutions and some non-member states including Five Permanent Members of the UN Security Council (China, France, Russia, United Kingdom and the United States) are also being invited as Special Invitees to the Session, the ambassador added.

The 17th Extraordinary Session of the OIC Council of
Foreign Ministers in Islamabad aims to express the solidarity of the Muslim Ummah with the Afghan people and play part in containing and reversing the rapidly deteriorating humanitarian situation in Afghanistan, especially in terms of food shortages, displacement of people and potential economic collapse.

It also aims to galvanize international support for the provision of urgent and sustained humanitarian assistance to the Afghan people. To this end, the possibility of a dedicated ‘vehicle’ under the aegis of the OIC could be considered.

Besides, the objective of the session is to refocus the attention of the broader international community that the unfolding situation in Afghanistan is not only a humanitarian challenge but could also exacerbate the security situation, spurring instability, causing mass exodus of refugees, and adversely affecting regional and international peace and security.


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