As the OIC summons for a special session on changing Afghan situation after the Taliban takeover, FM Qureshi underscores Pakistan’s key role as a facilitator in the process. He states that peaceful Afghanistan is conducive for the region.
The OIC Secretary-General informed Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Saturday that the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) to summon an extraordinary session of the OIC Executive Meeting in Saudi Arabia’s city Jeddah on Sunday (today) to discuss the evolving Afghanistan situation following the Taliban takeover.
At the invitation of #SaudiArabia, chair of the current session of Islamic Summit, #OIC will hold, on Sunday, August 22, 2021, an open-ended extraordinary meeting at the level of permanent representatives, to review the current situation and events in #Afghanistan. pic.twitter.com/cQZ1x5u2a5
— OIC (@OIC_OCI) August 21, 2021
In a telephonic conversation with FM Quershi, the OIC Secretary General Yousef bin Ahmad Al-Othaimeen briefed that Permanent Representatives and ambassadors could gather in the session to deliberate upon the rapidly changing situation in Afghanistan and discuss the future developments to recreate the social and economic framework of the country.
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FM reiterates Pakistan’s constructive role in Afghanistan
As per the statement by the Foreign Office on Saturday, the FM underscored Pakistan’s stance over Afghanistan and asserted that it will continue to play a facilitative and constructive role in fostering peace and stability in the war-ravaged Afghanistan. He deliberated that the Afghan parties would work for an “all-inclusive” political settlement and the “Afghan-owned” solution for the government would prevail. The success of the negotiations in Kabul would not only be beneficial for the country but for the region, he added.
The FM also emphasized the need to ensure the safety, protection, security, and promotion of the due rights of the Afghan people.
"#Pakistan is very clear on our position: we believe that a negotiated political settlement is the only way forward… We want the people of #Afghanistan to thrive, not simply survive," tweeted Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi@SMQureshiPTI #Talibanhttps://t.co/DxYtDXvJQQ
— Outlook India (@Outlookindia) August 16, 2021
Role of the Ummah and international community
He underlined that it is vital that the international community remains engaged in Afghanistan by supporting the country’s economy, reconstruction, rehabilitation, and humanitarian needs.
He added that it was also imperative for the Muslim Ummah to show its traditional solidarity with the Afghan people in their quest for a peaceful, united, stable, and prosperous Afghanistan.
Spoilers within and outside Afghanistan
Noting the significance of efforts towards establishing an inclusive government, the foreign minister warned about spoilers within and outside Afghanistan, who wanted to take advantage of the chaotic situation in the country to foster their vested interests.
FM Qureshi highlighted the role played by Pakistan in facilitating the evacuation and relocation of personnel of diplomatic missions, international organizations, media, and others from Afghanistan.
FM positive about talks underway for the future Afghan government
He expressed the hope that the talks in Kabul would succeed, leading to an inclusive and participatory government that would bring lasting peace, progress, and prosperity to Afghanistan. As the Taliban promised to govern the country with a moderate and reasonable stance, hopes are raised that the political solution for the Afghan issue will be a win-win situation for all.
A delegation of senior Afghan leaders met with Pakistani FM Shah Mehmood Qureshi in the capital Islamabad on Monday to discuss the rapidly evolving situation in Afghanistan, including the transfer of power and establishment of an inclusive government. https://t.co/AKWn5ZN5E8
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