Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian says establishing lasting security and stability in war-torn Afghanistan is only possible through the formation of an inclusive government , which would represent all ethnic groups and religions in the country.
Amir-Abdollahian made the remarks as addressing the 17th extraordinary session of the Council of Foreign Ministers of the Organization for Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in Islamabad, Pakistan, Sunday.
“The Islamic Republic of Iran considers lasting security and political and social stability in Afghanistan to be in accordance with the collective interests of the entire region,” Iran’s top diplomat said.
Amir-Abdollahian stressed: âWe believe that lasting security and political and social stability in Afghanistan are only possible through real collective participation and an inclusive and effective government in which all ethnicities and religions play a role.
He warned that any postponement of the formation of an inclusive government in Afghanistan would give war-torn enemies of the people the “chance to activate a vast network of social criminals by propagating Daesh terrorism, creating economic hardship and critical living conditions, health care and basic needs of life.
“National reconciliation, national cohesion and inclusive participation in government and governance, as well as the good faith and benevolent contribution of neighboring countries, as well as regional and Muslim states in the fight against terrorism, insecurity and instability, in addition to providing humanitarian aid, are the most urgent requirements to support the Afghan people and guarantee them a bright future, âstressed Iran’s top diplomat.
In another part of his speech, the Iranian foreign minister presented four proposals to the meeting participants as essential elements of a future plan to support the Afghan people.
âFirst, Muslim states should encourage the ruling establishment in Afghanistan and all parties to form an inclusive government,â Iran’s top diplomat said.
Emphasizing that the Afghan people are in urgent need of urgent humanitarian assistance, Amir-Abdollahian’s second proposal was the formation of a âfinancial fund among Muslim statesâ to achieve this goal.
As Iran’s third proposal, he said there was a need to free up Afghanistan’s assets in foreign banks.
“Fourth, without a doubt, the Member States of the United Nations and its Secretary General can play a leading role in helping to form an inclusive government, in helping the Afghan people and in preventing another humanitarian catastrophe”, Iranian Foreign Minister said.
Amir-Abdollahian expressed the hope that “an inclusive government will soon be formed in Afghanistan with the participation of all Afghan ethnic groups so that its representative can attend the next OIC conference and the headquarters of Afghanistan. is not vacant “.
The Iranian Foreign Minister said that since the start of recent developments in war-ravaged Afghanistan, “the Islamic Republic of Iran has made efforts to keep its borders open and even facilitate human and trade movements.”
âIn addition, in the last hundred days, Iran has delivered more than 13 humanitarian aid shipments to various cities in Afghanistan and provided tremendous support to the Afghan government and people to fight the Covid pandemic- 19, including the vaccination of Afghan nationals in Iran. “, added Amir-Abdollahian.
Criticizing the indifference of the international community to the current situation of Afghan migrants in neighboring countries, including Iran, Amir-Abdollahian said: âOver the past 40 years, the Islamic Republic of Iran has hosted millions of Afghan refugees and immigrants “who” are the products of American aggression and occupation. “
“It was then that Iran has not received any international aid for this purpose so far. The Islamic Republic of Iran will continue to support and provide humanitarian aid to the Afghan people for Islamic and humanitarian reasons,” Iran’s top diplomat said.
Envoys from 57 Muslim countries participate in the OIC summit aimed at alleviating the humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan, while testing diplomatic relations with its new Taliban leadership.
The meeting is the largest major conference on Afghanistan since August, when the government and military collapsed over the Taliban’s rapid advances on the ground, which many attribute to the hasty withdrawal of state-led occupation forces. United of the country.
After the Taliban’s meteoric return to power, billions of dollars in aid and assets have been frozen by the international community, and the nation of 38 million is now facing a harsh winter.
The two-day meeting in Islamabad also includes representatives from the United Nations and international financial institutions, as well as the United States, the European Union and Japan.
Iran’s Foreign Minister on Sunday expressed his concerns about the rise of terrorism in Afghanistan and the exodus of refugees to the Iranian border in recent months, saying: âWe believe that the solution to the Afghan problem lies in the formation of ‘an inclusive government with the participation of all ethnicities.