OIC foreign ministers' extraordinary session on Afghanistan underway

OIC foreign ministers’ extraordinary session on Afghanistan underway

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Islamabad: The 17th Extraordinary Session of the Council of Foreign Ministers of Organization of Islamic Cooperation is underway at the National Assembly Hall with 20 foreign ministers and 10 deputy foreign ministers in attendance from across the Muslim world.

Convened by Saudi Arabia as OIC chair and being hosted by Pakistan, 70 delegates are participating in the historic session which would discuss the humanitarian situation in Afghanistan.

Started with the recitation of verses from the Holy Quran, the session is being chaired by Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi.

The extraordinary session of the OIC holds great significance as part of the growing international concern about the humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan and the urgent need to address it.

In addition to the members and observers of the Organization of the Islamic Conference, members of the United Nations system, International Financial Institutions (IFI), international and regional organizations, and non-Islamic Conference organizations, including the Group of Five, the European Union, and major countries such as Germany and Japan, are other invitees .

At the inaugural session, Prime Minister Imran Khan made a keynote address to highlight the situation and draw world attention towards the deteriorating situation in Afghanistan.

Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, the chair of the Extraordinary Session, Foreign Minister of Saudi Arabia Prince Faisal Bin Farhan Al-Saud, the OIC Summit Chair and Secretary General of the OIC Hissein Brahim Taha also addressed.

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