OIC, Islamic Development Bank sign charter of Humanitarian Trust Fund for Afghanistan

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ISLAMABAD: The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) and Islamic Development Bank (IsDB)on Monday signed the Charter of Humanitarian Trust Fund for Afghanistan to raise donations for the people of the country suffering a humanitarian crisis. OIC Secretary-General Hissein Brahim Taha and President IsDB Muhammad Sulaiman Al Jasser inked the Charter witnessed by Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi. The creation of the Fund was mandated by the 17th Extraordinary Session of the OIC Council of Foreign Ministers held in Islamabad on December 19, 2021. Speaking on the occasion, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said under the aegis of Islamic Development Bank, the platform of OIC member countries would provide humanitarian assistance to the people of Afghanistan who had been facing conflict for decades. He mentioned that the bank had been requested to make the operation the Fund by the first quarter of 2022 and expressed satisfaction that the mandate had been fulfilled effectively. He expressed satisfaction over the flexibility of the Charter of the fund that allowed donations from outside the system as well. He urged the participants of the 48th meeting of the Council of Foreign Ministers to contribute to the fund for the betterment of Afghans.

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