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Islamic World Unites to Aid Desperately Poor Afghanistan | World News

By KATHY GANNON, Associated Press

ISLAMABAD (AP) — The financial collapse of Afghanistan, already teetering dangerously on the sting, would have a “horrendous” affect on the area and the world, successive audio system warned Sunday at first of a one-day summit of international ministers from dozens of Islamic nations.

The rapidly referred to as assembly of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation in Islamabad introduced collectively dozens of international ministers with the particular representatives on Afghanistan of main powers, together with China, the U.S. and Russia.

The gathering additionally included the U.N. undersecretary common on humanitarian affairs s properly because the president of the Islamic Development Bank Muhammad Sulaiman Al Jasser, who provided a number of concrete financing proposals. He stated the IDB can handle trusts that may very well be used to transfer cash into Afghanistan, jumpstart companies and assist salvage the deeply troubled financial system.

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The dire warnings referred to as for the U.S. and different nations to ease sanctions, together with the discharge upward of $10 billion in frozen funds following the Taliban takeover of Kabul on Aug. 15.

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Speakers additionally referred to as for a fast opening of the nation’s banking system and collectively, with the United Nations and worldwide banking establishments, help to Afghanistan. Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan directed his remarks to the U.S., urging Washington to drop preconditions to releasing desperately wanted funds and restarting Afghanistan’s banking programs.

Khan appeared to supply Taliban a go on the bounds on schooling for ladies, urging the world to perceive “cultural sensitivities” and saying human rights and ladies’s rights meant various things in numerous nations. Still different audio system, together with the OIC chairman Hussain Ibrahim Taha, emphasised the necessity for the safety of human rights, notably these of girls and ladies.

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The new Taliban rulers’ appearing Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi was in attendance within the grand corridor of the Pakistani Parliament, the place dozens of international ministers from lots of the 57-nation OIC had gathered.

“This gathering is about the Afghan people,” stated Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, who warned that with out speedy assist, Afghanistan was sure to collapse. He stated it might have “horrendous consequences,” not simply in Afghan lives misplaced to hunger and illness, however would most definitely lead to a mass exodus of Afghans. Chaos would unfold, he predicted, and permit terrorism and the drug commerce to flourish.

Martin Griffiths, the U.N. undersecretary for humanitarian affairs and emergency reduction coordinator, warned that Afghanistan won’t survive on donations alone. He urged donor nations to present flexibility, permitting their cash to pay salaries of public sector employees and assist “basic services such as health, education, electricity, livelihoods, to allow the people of Afghanistan some chance to get through this winter and some encouragement to remain home with their families.”

Beyond that, Griffiths said, “we need constructive engagement with the de facto authorities to clarify what we expect from each other.”

Afghanistan’s teetering financial system, he added, requires decisive and compassionate motion, or “I concern that this fall will pull down your complete inhabitants.”

Griffiths stated households merely do not need the money for on a regular basis purchases like meals and gas as costs soar. The value of gas is up by round 40%, and most households spend 80% of their cash simply to purchase meals.

He rattled off quite a few stark statistics.

“Universal poverty may reach 97% of the population of Afghanistan. That could be the next grim milestone,” he warned. “Within a year, 30% of Afghanistan’s GDP (gross domestic product) could be lost altogether, while male unemployment may double to 29%.”

Next year the U.N. would be asking for $4.5 billion in aid for Afghanistan – it’s single largest humanitarian aid request, he said.

In what appeared to be a message to the Taliban delegation, Qureshi and subsequent speakers, including Taha, emphasized the protection of human rights, particularly those of women and girls.

In an interview with The Associated Press last week, Muttaqi said that Afghanistan’s new rulers were committed to the education of girls and women in the workforce.

Yet four months into Taliban rule, girls are not allowed to attend high school in most provinces and though women have returned to their jobs in much of the health care sector, many female civil servants have been barred from coming to work.

Meanwhile, Qureshi said he wanted to see the summit end with concrete solutions to help Afghanistan and its people. He called for the summit to pledge and channel aid to Afghanistan; increase investment bilaterally or through the OIC in education, health, technical and vocational skills; and to establish a group of experts from the OIC, the United Nations, the Islamic Development Bank and others to help Afghanistan “access legitimate banking services and ease the serious liquidity challenges of the Afghan people.”

He additionally referred to as for contributors to give attention to meals safety, put money into capability constructing inside Afghanistan to combat terrorism and the burgeoning drug trafficking.

“Finally, engage with Afghan authorities to help meet the expectations of the international community, in particular regarding political and social inclusivity, respect for human rights, especially the rights of women and girls and combating terrorism,” he stated,

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