His Excellency Sheikh Dr. Ahmed Nasser Al-Mohammed Al-Sabah, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs, headed the State of Kuwait’s delegation participating in the work of the 17th Special Session of the Council of Foreign Ministers of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation on the situation in Afghanistan, which was held on Sunday, December 19, 2021 in the Islamic Republic of Pakistan His Excellency delivered the speech of the State of Kuwait during the work of this meeting, the text of which was as follows:
“In the name of God, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful,
Your Excellency Imran Khan, Prime Minister of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan,
Your Highness Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah Al Saud, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia,
Your Excellency Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan,
Your Excellency Hussain Ibrahim Taha, Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation,
Your Highnesses and Excellencies Ministers of Foreign Affairs, ladies and gentlemen, distinguished attendees,
Peace, mercy and blessings of God,
At the onset, I would like to express my deep gratitude and appreciation to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Chair of the fourteenth session of the Islamic Summit, for its initiative in convening this special meeting of the Council of Foreign Ministers of the Member States of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation in light of the current situation in Afghanistan. I also express my sincere gratitude to the Islamic Republic of Pakistan for the warm reception, generous hospitality, and good preparation and organization of our meeting today. I hope that our meeting will contribute to strengthening our joint efforts towards the exceptional challenges that our Islamic world is witnessing and the grave political and security threats that threaten stability and security in the entire world.
I also cannot fail to renew my congratulations to His Excellency Hussein Ibrahim Taha, on his assumption of the position of Secretary-General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, wishing him a successful path in managing the work of our future organization and realizing the hopes and aspirations of our Islamic peoples.
Ladies and Gentlemen,
We look forward that our meeting today will send a sincere, clear and supportive message to the Afghan people, in solidarity with their suffering and palpable their pain as a result of the fragile humanitarian, social and economic conditions they are witnessing. There is no doubt that the recent events in Afghanistan constituted an important turning point that requires us to work jointly and with redoubled efforts to avoid a humanitarian catastrophe that has become looming.
The State of Kuwait expresses deep concern about the outcome of the humanitarian situation in Afghanistan as a result of the growing and alarming influx of displaced persons and refugees, which amounted to more than half a million internally displaced persons in 2021, in addition to the fact that nearly 23 million people face the threat of severe food shortages. This deterioration coincides with the negative repercussions resulting from the outbreak of the Corona virus (COVID-19) and the low percentage of recipients of the anti-virus vaccine.
In this context, my country affirms its support for the urgent humanitarian appeal launched by the Secretary-General of the United Nations to mobilize humanitarian aid and call on all Afghan parties to cooperate with regional and international efforts working in the humanitarian field and to ensure their right of access to facilitate and enable the delivery of aid to those who deserve it without hindrances to alleviate the suffering of the Afghan people. Our extraordinary meeting complements the efforts of the United Nations in seeking to achieve the aspirations of the Afghan people.
Your Highnesses and Excellencies,
The State of Kuwait affirms its principled and firm stance rejecting all forms of violence and terrorism. We call on all concerned parties to stop targeting civilians and not allow Afghanistan to be a haven for extremism or terrorists. The need to adhere to international treaties and agreements and standards governing international relations and respect for human rights principles, including ensuring the rights of the Afghan child and women, especially in work and education, which contribute to the restoration of Afghanistan's security and stability, and direct international efforts and transform it from the relief phase to the development and reconstruction phase.
Ladies and Gentlemen,
In line with our firm belief towards supporting humanitarian work in a way that contributes to strengthening the path of building peace and societal security in Afghanistan, the State of Kuwait has provided humanitarian aid to the Afghan people amounting to more than 92 million US dollars, and the State of Kuwait will continue to coordinate and work closely with international organizations concerned with the humanitarian situation, especially with the advent of winter, and its repercussions on the humanitarian and food situation in Afghanistan.
In conclusion, 41 years ago, specifically in January 1980, an emergency Islamic meeting of foreign ministers was held in Pakistan to discuss, like our meeting today, the deteriorating situation in Afghanistan, and therefore we look forward to this meeting being pivotal to demonstrate the solidarity of the Islamic nation's standing with Afghanistan, and to find effective and sustainable solutions to stop the mill of violence that has been generating despair and darkness instead of hope and stability.
Peace, mercy and blessings of God."