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90 delegates in Islamabad for OIC foreign ministers' moot: Qureshi

Updated 18 Dec, 2021
FM Shah Mahmood Qureshi welcomes OIC Secretary General Hissein Brahim Taha to Pakistan. Twitter/ @SMQureshiPTI
FM Shah Mahmood Qureshi welcomes OIC Secretary General Hissein Brahim Taha to Pakistan. Twitter/ @SMQureshiPTI

Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Friday said atleast 90 foreign delegates have arrived in the country to deliberate and find a way out of the humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan.

Talking to APP, after reviewing arrangements for visiting dignitaries at the Islamabad International Airport, he asked the officials to ensure maximum facilitation to the guests, who are here to participate in the 17th session of the Extraordinary Council of Foreign Ministers (CFM) of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), being held in Islamabad on December 19.

The Foreign Minister was accompanied by Aftab Ahmed Khokhar, head of the reception committee and Ambassador of Pakistan to Austria.

“It would be a wonderful event, he said and hoped that the arriving delegates during their stay would enjoy the pleasant weather of the federal capital,” Qureshi said.

To a query, he said the arrival of president Islamic Development Bank Muhammad Sulaiman Al Jasser would open doors for humanitarian aid to Afghan people.

“There was a need to put in place an institutional mechanism for providing direct and timely assistance to the people of war torn country,” he added.

Qureshi expressed gratitude to the OIC secretariat on behalf of the government for extending all possible cooperation for holding the moot.

The foreign minister said he had a meeting with OIC Secretary General and assured him of full cooperation by the foreign office on the eve of regular session of the cooperation expected to be convened in March 2022.

In a tweet FM Qureshi shared a picture of OIC Secretary General Hissein Brahim Taha and welcomed him to Pakistan. "I look forward to working closely for the success of the 17th Extraordinary Session of the CFM on Afghanistan. As a founding member, we are committed to the values & objectives of the OIC," read the tweet.