While no country has recognized the new Taliban government in Afghanistan, members of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) meet on Sunday in Pakistan for an unprecedented meeting to discuss the country’s situation.
The meeting is to deal with the humanitarian situation in Afghanistan, and involves the participation of 57 OIC member states. According to Pakistani officials, 70 delegations will attend the meeting.
It is the first international conference on dealing with Afghanistan that encouraged the withdrawal of the Taliban since the withdrawal of US forces in August.
The conference in Islamabad is due to take place on a single day, and organizers hope to be able to reach an agreement for emergency assistance to citizens by the end of the evening.
“We have to encourage them to go in the right direction, through encouragement,” said Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi.
The neighboring country is facing “one of the worst humanitarian disasters in the world” according to the United Nations, and the United Nations World Food Program (WFP) has already warned of a famine crisis for 38 million residents.
Since the withdrawal of the force, 20 years after the Taliban overthrew the previous government, the international community has amassed more than billions of dollars in aid and assets. And if the Taliban are targeted, civilians in particular find themselves victims.
In an effort to defuse the situation, the Pakistani foreign minister indicated that the meeting was organized “on behalf of the Afghan people”, and not a “special group”.
“The policy of coercion and intimidation did not work. Had it worked, we would not have been in this situation,” he said. Representatives from the United States, China, Russia, the European Union and the United Nations must also be present in the Pakistani Parliament.
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