Saudi FM announces 1 billion in aid for Afghanistan | The Express Tribune


Foreign Minister of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Faisal bin Farhan on Sunday has announced to provide one billion Saudi riyals in aid to Afghanistan at the Extraordinary Session of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Council of Foreign Ministers.

Addressing the OIC summit in Islamabad, the Saudi FM paid tribute to Pakistan for convening the moot and making the best arrangements in the shortest possible time.

The FM also thanked Islamabad for arranging the meeting and the OIC secretary-general and others for attending it.

The Saudi FM announced one billion riyals worth of aid to Afghanistan, stating that the Afghan issue must be looked at on humanitarian grounds and that the people in the war-torn country, including women and children are suffering.

“The economic crisis in Afghanistan could get more serious, the people there are looking forward to our help,” he added.

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He reiterated that “we want peace in Afghanistan” and that the tense situation in the war-ravaged country could have an impact on the region and the world.

Pakistan also shared a six-point strategy to address Afghanistan’s humanitarian crisis, food security, and economic revival besides its institutional capacity building to counter the threat of terrorism.

This was proposed by Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi in his opening address at the 17th extraordinary session.

Welcoming foreign delegations for the OIC moot in Islamabad, Prime Minister Imran Khan said on Satudray that the extraordinary session was an expression of solidarity with the Afghan people.

Pakistan is hosting the extraordinary meeting of foreign ministers from the OIC as well as representatives of the powerful countries in order to develop a joint strategy to prevent humanitarian crisis and economic collapse in Afghanistan.

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