Bangladesh would support the Afghan people through humanitarian aid in the form of food and medical aid.
This was conveyed by Foreign Minister Masud Bin Momen during the 17th Extraordinary Council of OIC Foreign Ministers on Afghanistan, which was held on December 18 in Islamabad, Pakistan.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs heads a high-level delegation which includes the Ambassador of Bangladesh to Saudi Arabia and the Permanent Representative of Bangladesh to the OIC, the High Commissioner of Bangladesh to Pakistan and the Director General of the International Organization , Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
During the Council meeting, Foreign Minister Masud Bin Momen expressed his deep concern at the economic and humanitarian crisis which threatens most of the Afghan population due to a severe shortage of food, shelter and social services which could worsen as winter approaches.
He hopes that the inclusive socio-economic development of Afghanistan will continue uninterrupted, so that all segments of society can effectively contribute to the reconstruction process of their country and maintain regional harmony.
Foreign Minister Momen also pointed out that Bangladesh can be a partner in the development process of Afghanistan as the former seeks to strengthen regional cooperation for the realization of a vision of shared prosperity for the region.
While appreciating the OIC for calling for this extraordinary council, he urged the leaders to step up cooperation within and beyond the organization to support the Afghan people.
Bangladesh also reiterated its support for the Palestinian cause for an independent and viable state with East Jerusalem as its capital.
The Extraordinary Council of Foreign Ministers was preceded by a meeting of senior officials. Earlier, the Minister of Foreign Affairs inaugurated the Bangabandhu Corner at the premises of the high commission in Islamabad.