The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Council of Foreign Ministers (CFMs) in Islamabad on Sunday unanimously passed a resolution, envisaging the set up of a Humanitarian Trust Fund to serve as a vehicle to channel humanitarian assistance to Afghanistan including in partnership with other international actors.
The hastily called meeting of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation in Islamabad brought together dozens of foreign ministers with the special representatives on Afghanistan of major powers, including China, the U.S. and Russia.
The new Taliban rulers’ acting Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi was in attendance in the grand hall of the Pakistani Parliament, where dozens of foreign ministers from many of the 57-nation OIC had gathered.
The dire warnings called for the U.S. and other nations to ease sanctions, including the release of upward of $10 billion in frozen funds following the Taliban takeover of Kabul on Aug. 15.
The resolution calls upon the Islamic Development Bank to expeditiously operationalize the Humanitarian Trust Fund by the first quarter of the next year.
Taking into consideration the financial constraints of Afghanistan, the forum called for unfreezing Afghanistan’s financial assets to prevent an economic collapse and help revive the economic activity.
The OIC decided that a process will be commenced with the UN system organizations to devise a road map for mobilizing actions at the relevant fora to unlock the financial and banking channels to resume liquidity and flow of financial and humanitarian assistance.
The organization also decided to launch an Afghanistan Food Security Programme, urging the Islamic Organization for Food Security to undertake necessary work in this regard.
It decided to appoint a special OIC envoy in Afghanistan to coordinate aid and assistance efforts and pursue economic and political engagement with the country.
The extraordinary session of the OIC Council of Foreign Ministers also unanimously adopted the Islamabad declaration condemning the illegal colonial measures undertaken by Israel to colonize the Palestinian territory.
Declaring the Israeli measures illegal, null and void, the declaration read that the OIC does not recognize any changes affecting the pre-1967 borders particularly with regard to Al-Quds Al-Sharif. It called upon the international community including the UNSC to hold the Israeli colonial occupation accountable for its violations and take all necessary measures including imposing sanctions against Israel to stop these violations.
The declaration also condemned the repeated attacks by Israeli occupation authorities on the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque and its continuous attempts to change the historical and legal status quo there using flimsy religious pretexts.