OIC opens office in Kabul

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The Organization for Islamic Cooperation (OIC) opened its office in Kabul, tasked to coordinate OIC’s humanitarian efforts with Afghanistan and other international partners…reports Asian Lite News

Muhammad Saeed Al-Ayash has been appointed as Director of OIC’s Afghanistan office, OIC said today on Twitter. The office was opened Friday, reported Tolo News.

According to OIC, the office will follow up the implementation of the outcome of the organization’s extraordinary ministerial meeting held in Pakistan last December.

“The OIC office in Kabul will coordinate the OIC’s humanitarian efforts with Afghanistan and international partners. It will be strengthened with human and material resources in conformity with the resolution adopted by the extraordinary ministerial conference on the situation in Afghanistan. This is to enable it fulfill its obligations to support the Afghan people in various fields,” it said.

Meanwhile, OIC envoy to Afghanistan Ambassador Tariq Ali Bakhit arrived in Kabul and held meeting meeting with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the authority in Afghanistan Mawlawi Amir Khan Mottaki, in the presence of the Director of the Organization’s office in Kabul Dr. Mohammad Al-Ayyash.

The meeting discussed the efforts made by the OIC to follow up the implementation of the decision of the Council of Foreign Ministers at its emergency meeting in Islamabad in December 2021.

During his visit to Kabul, Ambassador Tariq will hold a number of meetings with the Afghan authorities, and ambassadors of member states accredited to Afghanistan and international organizations.

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At the OIC meeting on Afghanistan in Pakistan, a draft resolution was passed to establish a humanitarian trust fund to channel humanitarian assistance to Afghanistan.

The member states agreed to “establish a Humanitarian Trust Fund, under the aegis of the Islamic Development Bank, to serve as a vehicle to channel humanitarian assistance to Afghanistan including in partnership with other international actors.”

At the meeting, OIC urged the Islamic Development Bank to operationalize the trust fund by the first quarter of 2022 to accelerate the provision of humanitarian assistance to the people of Afghanistan.

The Taliban seized control over Afghanistan in last August and since then Afghanistan is facing a looming economic meltdown and humanitarian catastrophe. (with inputs from ANI)