TEHRAN— Speaking at the 17th extraordinary session of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian reaffirmed Iran’s support for the formation of an inclusive government in Afghanistan.
He also advised Muslim nations to form a financial fund to help Afghanistan.
Here is the full speech given by the Minister of Foreign Affairs:
In the name of God, the most compassionate, the most merciful
Your Excellency Mr. Qureshi, Honorable Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan
Honorable Ministers of Foreign Affairs of OIC Member States
Your Excellency Mr. Hossein Ebrahim Taha, Honorable Secretary General of the OIC
I consider it necessary to begin by congratulating His Excellency Mr. Shah Mahmood Qureshi, the Honorable Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan for convening and hosting this special session. What brings us together today is the protracted crisis in Afghanistan, the dimensions of which are growing every day.
The Islamic Republic of Iran considers lasting security, political and social stability in Afghanistan to be in the collective interests of the entire region. We believe that lasting security and political and social stability in Afghanistan are only possible through real collective participation and an inclusive and effective government in which all ethnicities and religions play a role. Any postponement will give the enemies of the Afghan people the opportunity to activate a vast network of social criminals by propagating Daesh terrorism, creating economic hardship and critical conditions for livelihoods, health care and basic human needs. life. In addition, the enemies of the Afghan people could seize the opportunity to disperse chaos, poverty and famine after 20 years of occupation and destruction of all infrastructure and impose ineffectiveness on the authorities in Kabul and the people of that country. .
National reconciliation, national cohesion and inclusive participation in government and governance, as well as the good faith and benevolent contribution of neighboring countries, as well as regional and Muslim states in the fight against terrorism, insecurity and l he instability in addition to providing humanitarian aid are the urgent needs to support the Afghan people and guarantee them a bright future.
Over the past 40 years, the Islamic Republic of Iran has hosted millions of Afghan refugees and immigrants. These refugees and immigrants are the product of American aggression and occupation. The current chaos in Afghanistan also imposes a daily wave of immigrants on Iran due to a sense of insecurity, terrorism and financial and economic crises among the Afghan people. More than five thousand Afghans now enter Iran daily.
It was then that Iran has received no international aid for this particular purpose so far. The Islamic Republic of Iran will continue to support and provide humanitarian assistance to the Afghan people on Islamic and humanitarian grounds.
In addition to the countries which are the real root causes of the current circumstances, all of us, especially the Muslim states, must provide all Afghans with the necessary and continued assistance and support.
Since the start of recent events, the Islamic Republic of Iran has made efforts to keep its borders open and even to facilitate human and commercial movements.
In addition, in the last hundred days, Iran has delivered more than 13 humanitarian aid shipments to various cities in Afghanistan and provided tremendous support to the Afghan government and people to fight the Covid-19 pandemic. , including the vaccination of Afghan nationals in Iran.
The Islamic Republic of Iran submits the following proposals to this important meeting in support of the Afghan people:
First, Muslim states should encourage the ruling establishment in Afghanistan and all parties to form an inclusive government.
Second, the Afghan people are in urgent need of urgent humanitarian assistance. The formation of a financial fund between Muslim states seems necessary to achieve this objective.
Third, it is also necessary to free up the assets of Afghanistan.
Fourth, there is no doubt that the Member States of the United Nations and its Secretary-General can play a leading role in helping to form an inclusive government and in helping the Afghan people and in preventing another humanitarian catastrophe. We hope that an inclusive government will soon be formed in Afghanistan with the participation of all Afghan ethnic groups so that its representative can attend the next OIC conference and that the seat of Afghanistan is not vacant.
In conclusion, I would like to address the current critical situation in Palestine. I believe that the return of all Palestinians to their homeland and the formation of a Palestinian government ruling over its historic homeland with the Holy Quds as its capital, should remain a top priority of the OIC.
The experience of the reconciliation process with the bogus regime of Israel and the normalization of relations indicate that the question of Palestine can only be resolved if the illegal occupation of this Islamic land is truly and completely ended. Once again, Iran emphasizes its proposal as a democratic solution to hold an inclusive referendum with the participation of all major and true residents of Palestine, including Muslims, Christians and Jews.