Afghan govt decides against sending FM Muttaqi to OIC summit in Islamabad – World

The Afghan government will be represented by an Afghan Foreign Ministry official, not Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi, at the Organization for Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in Islamabad.

Pakistan hosts the 48th OIC Foreign Ministers’ Meeting (CFM) from Tuesday to Wednesday and Afghanistan is also on the agenda.

Afghan Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hafiz Zia Takal said: A minister named Muhammad Akbar Azeemi will lead the Taliban government team in the Islamabad debate.

The Taliban government dispatched Mutaki to an extraordinary meeting of the OIC foreign ministers in Islamabad in December.

There has been much debate as to whether Muttaqi took part in the last OIC mock-up in Islamabad. It was when Muttaqi was missing from the group photo of foreign ministers while the Afghan seat was empty. Muttaqi sat in the last row of his guests.

This time, the Taliban government downgraded the level of participation in the OIC summit by sending an Afghan foreign ministry official instead of the minister.

None of the 57 member OICs recognized the Taliban government. Officially, as in the United Nations, the ousted Ashraf Ghani government remains in place.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said a trust fund for humanitarian work, hosted by the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB), would be announced later on Monday. The funds will be used as a means of directing humanitarian aid to Afghanistan through partnerships with other international actors.

At the OIC meeting in Islamabad in December, OIC Secretary-General Hissein Brahim Taha asked the OIC Secretariat, IsDB, Trust Fund and relevant UN agencies to draw up a roadmap to mobilize action in the relevant forums for fiscal openness. Banking channels to restore liquidity and flow of financial and humanitarian aid.