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OIC to hold an urgent meeting on Afghanistan

OIC to hold an urgent meeting on Afghanistan

The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) will hold an extraordinary conference to discuss the situation in Afghanistan.

According to a statement from OIC, an extraordinary meeting open-ended at the level of permanent delegates will take place on Sunday, August 22, 2021, at the headquarters of the General Secretariat, at the invitation of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, chair of the current session of the Islamic Summit.

The conference will “review the present situation and developments in Afghanistan,” according to the OIC statement.

Earlier, Ursula von der Leyen, the President of the European Commission, reaffirmed that the European Union does not recognize the Afghan Taliban and does not have formal negotiations with them.

Ursula said she would recommend increasing the UNHCR’s 57 million euro humanitarian aid allocation to Afghanistan this year.

The funding is conditional on respect for human rights, good treatment of minorities, and respect for women’s and girls’ rights, according to the European official.

In a separate context, the US Department of Defense’s “Pentagon” stated it had moved almost 17,000 individuals since the commencement of the Kabul airport evacuations, which began days after the Taliban took power in Afghanistan. The government said that Afghans’ IDs are being checked before they enter the United States, implying that roughly 5,000 US soldiers are no longer in the country.

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