Pakistan’s ambassador to Turkey says ‘Afghan humanitarian crisis needs coordinated global response’

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The dire state of affairs in Afghanistan might be the biggest humanitarian disaster at the moment unfolding on the planet, and warrants an expeditious and coordinated response from the worldwide group, stated Pakistan’s ambassador to Turkey.

“In line with UN estimates, about 60%, or maybe extra, of Afghanistan’s folks, significantly kids, are at critical danger of hunger, malnourishment, and lack entry to well being care and medicines,” Muhammad Syrus Sajjad Qazi acknowledged. 

The looming winter season is anticipated to be significantly robust for Afghans, he warned.

“There are a number of components impacting the lives of the abnormal Afghans, and this example requires a concerted, fast, very expeditious and coordinated response from the world group,” he stated.

Qazi stated the Afghanistan disaster would be the major focus throughout a gathering of the Council of International Ministers of the Group of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in Pakistan’s capital Islamabad later this week.

The OIC goals to ship “a really sturdy message” urging the worldwide group to work on a person stage and in cooperation “to assist include the worst elements of this disaster and to reverse it,” the envoy stated.

“Important pledges” are anticipated from a number of international locations to spice up efforts to mitigate the disaster, he added.

“Pakistan is just not a really wealthy nation. However provided that we’re the speedy neighbors of Afghanistan, we have now performed our utmost to assist our Afghan brothers,” Qazi stated.

“As an illustration, in October, we despatched about 550 metric tons of meals. Our prime minister has just lately introduced packages of medicines, meals and different gadgets, value greater than $28 million.”

Islamabad additionally allowed India to make use of its land routes to ship help to Afghanistan, whereas additionally lowering tariffs on a lot of Afghan merchandise exported to Pakistan, the envoy added.

“All of that is simply to point out different international locations what they will additionally do for Afghanistan,” he stated.

Nonetheless, he careworn that help packages can solely supply Afghans fleeting moments of aid, and the nation’s grave state of affairs requires complete efforts by the worldwide group for a sustainable and long-term resolution.

On relations between Turkey and Pakistan, Qazi stated the nations have “maybe the world’s finest bilateral relationship between two international locations that aren’t geographical neighbors.”

Prime Minister Imran Khan was due in Turkey this October for a gathering of the Turkey-Pakistan Excessive-Degree Strategic Cooperation Council, however the journey needed to be postponed as a result of COVID-19 state of affairs, the envoy defined.

Islamabad is working to reschedule the go to “pretty quickly,” he added.

The 2 sides have a “very complete” agenda for the assembly, which is able to construct on the Strategic Financial Framework Settlement signed throughout President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s go to to Islamabad in 2020.

“Advancing on a plan of over 70 particular actions in a time-bound method, Pakistan and Turkey are anticipated to incorporate a mechanism for bilateral engagement within the protection sector, in addition to varied different fields,” Qazi stated.

He stated the protection sector has emerged as one other essential pillar in Turkey-Pakistan relations.

“The sky is the restrict. There isn’t a finish to the form of cooperation that may occur between actual brotherly international locations like Pakistan and Turkey,” he asserted.

He added that Ankara and Islamabad have virtually accomplished a examine on their bilateral commerce ties, which is able to give new impetus to efforts to additional bolster their financial relations.

The commerce quantity between Turkey and Pakistan is at the moment near $1 billion, indicating an incremental progress however “not the type that the 2 international locations or the 2 leaders would want,” the diplomat stated.

Qazi additionally identified that Pakistan and Turkey “have a really sturdy custom of serving to one another on varied boards on varied points,” citing Turkey’s stance on the Kashmir subject for example.

“Equally, Pakistan helps Turkey’s place on virtually all worldwide points, together with the problem of Northern Cyprus. We name for a simply and equitable resolution to that downside,” he stated.