Azerbaijan will continue to contribute to steps aimed at addressing humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan: Foreign Ministry
Azerbaijan, as a responsible member of the OIC and due to its unwavering commitment to Islamic solidarity, supports the elimination of the consequences of the humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan, the Foreign Ministry of Azerbaijan said in a statement on Monday.
The statement came after the results of the 17th extraordinary session of the Council of Foreign Ministers of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), held on Dec. 19 in Islamabad.
“During the session, the participating countries stressed that the crisis in Afghanistan, first of all, has caused serious humanitarian consequences, and the importance of international cooperation in overcoming these consequences,” said the statement.
“Following the session, a final resolution was adopted, which reflects the practical steps to be taken by the Organization of Islamic Cooperation to stabilize the humanitarian situation in Afghanistan.”
“According to the resolution, it was decided to establish a Humanitarian Trust Fund under the auspices of the Islamic Development Bank, as well as to establish the Afghanistan Food Security Program,” the statement added.
The Azerbaijani ministry stressed that in order to more effectively coordinate OIC's efforts to stabilize the situation in Afghanistan, the position of the Organization's Special Envoy for Afghanistan was established, and it was decided to strengthen the OIC mission in Afghanistan in terms of economic and human resources. “OIC Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian, Cultural and Family Affairs Tariq Ali Bakheet has been appointed OIC Special Envoy for Afghanistan.
The final resolution, adopted on behalf of the 57 OIC member states, contains a separate item on the evacuation of the population from Afghanistan, and the countries that have played an important role in this regard. We would like to emphasize that the important role of the Republic of Azerbaijan among these countries in the evacuation of people from Afghanistan was praised.”
The ministry emphasized that the Republic of Azerbaijan, as a responsible member of the OIC and due to its unwavering commitment to Islamic solidarity, supports the elimination of the consequences of the humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan as a result of joint efforts of the international community, including OIC member states, and will continue to contribute to the steps taken in this direction.