ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan received a team from the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) member nations on Saturday ahead of the 17th Extraordinary Session of the OIC Council of Foreign Ministers, which is set to take place at Parliament House on Sunday.
The session has been called at the request of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, which serves as the OIC Summit Chair.
The prime minister said on Twitter, “I welcome delegations from OIC [member] nations, observers, friends, partners, and international organisations to Pakistan.”
“The special session of the OIC [Council of Foreign Ministers] is a show of solidarity with the Afghan [people] and a focus of our collective energy on tackling Afghanistan’s catastrophic humanitarian situation,” he continued.
PM Imran Khan stated that he is excited to address the delegations tomorrow (Sunday).
Meanwhile, all preparations for the OIC session have been completed at Parliament House. To greet the guests, red carpets and flower arrangements have been placed up throughout the halls.
Participants will include special invitees from the United Nations, international financial institutions, and some non-member states, including the United States, the United Kingdom, France, China, Russia, Germany, Italy, Japan, and the EU, in addition to foreign ministers from OIC member states and observers.
Earlier, after inspecting the arrangements, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi told the media at Parliament House that Pakistan’s stance on the current crisis in Afghanistan is getting respect, with the world joining its voice.
The senior Pakistani diplomat expressed confidence that Pakistan, together with the foreign ministers of OIC members, will make progress toward achieving that consensus.
According to Qureshi, Pakistan has been warning the world about the oncoming humanitarian disaster in Afghanistan since the first day, and the scenario might escalate to an economic collapse if the financial system remains dysfunctional for too long.
He said that Afghanistan’s economic collapse will have an influence not just on its immediate neighbours or area, but also on the rest of the globe in the shape of a refugee exodus and terrorism.
The minister maintained that the purpose of organising the meeting was to draw international attention to the war-torn country’s food crisis, children’s hardship, and financial challenges.