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President Arif Alvi welcomes delegates to OIC Extraordinary Session

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: President Dr. Arif Alvi has extended a warm welcome to the foreign dignitaries upon their arrival in Islamabad for the Extraordinary Session of the OIC Council of Foreign Ministers to discuss the humanitarian situation in Afghanistan.

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“It is our privilege and honor to extend to them our warm hospitality in the beautiful city of Islamabad,” the president said.

The president appreciated the Ministers and Senior Officials of the OIC Member States who responded to the call of the Organization to convene the 17th Extraordinary Session of the Council of Foreign Ministers in Islamabad on December 19, 2021.

“Their presence here is a manifestation of the solidarity of the Muslim Ummah in support of the people of Afghanistan,” he said.

President Arif Alvi said that it is heartening to see that the OIC has come together to address the needs of their Muslim brethren in Afghanistan, who face serious challenges in meeting their basic and fundamental needs.

The president expressed hope that the OIC will not only exhibit firm resolve to standby the people of Afghanistan but will also take concrete actions to assist them in this hour of need.

“Our Afghan brethren must not feel abandoned,” the president said. “We must take practical steps to help them meet the humanitarian challenges they confront,” he noted.

The president said that as Afghanistan’s neighbor and a brotherly Country, Pakistan has always extended all possible assistance to Afghanistan and its people.

President Dr. Arif Alvi said that just as in 1980, when Pakistan hosted the 1st Extraordinary Session of the OIC Council of Foreign Ministers on Afghanistan, today we are here to mobilize support for the Afghan people again.

“We are confident that, with cooperation and support of the OIC Member and the broader international community, we will once again be successful in advancing our shared objectives,” he said.

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