Saudi Arabia on Monday called on members of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) to convene an extraordinary meeting on Afghanistan to discuss the humanitarian situation in the country.
The Saudi Press Agency reported that Saudi officials have warned that millions of Afghan people face a worsening humanitarian crisis this winter and are in need of immediate assistance.
Saudi Arabia has also said that further deterioration of the situation in Afghanistan will lead to more instability inside the country, which will negatively affect peace and security at the regional and international level.
“The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, as Chair of the Islamic Summit, and in-line with relevant OIC decisions on Afghanistan, called upon the OIC to, urgently, convene an Extraordinary Ministerial Meeting to discuss the humanitarian situation in the country and pathways for an urgent humanitarian response,” the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.
Saudi Arabia has urged the member states and international organizations to join this meeting to help the people of Afghanistan.
Meanwhile, Pakistan has offered to host the meeting on December 17 in Islamabad.
Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said his country fully endorses the initiative. “We have also offered to host the meeting, in Islamabad, on 17 December 2021. We are confident that OIC Member States will endorse this offer,” he said.
Since the political change in August 15, Afghanistan has experienced an economic downturn which has raised concerns about a possible total economic collapse and humanitarian crisis.