The special representative of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Tarig Ali Bakheet met with the Acting Foreign Minister of Afghanistan, Amir Khan Muttaqi on Wednesday in Kandahar and discussed women’s status.
During the meeting, the OIC Ambassador discussed the follow-up on the implementation of the resolution of the OIC Council of Foreign Ministers on Afghanistan. Mr. Bakheet also shed light on the organization’s support towards the people of Afghanistan, with particular emphasis on reviewing the decisions restricting the rights of women and girls to education and work.
The foreign ministry of Afghanistan in a statement said the meeting also focused on the expansion of political, economic, and social relations between OIC and the Afghan interim government.
Furthermore, OIC Ambassador assured minister Muttaqi of the Islamic organization’s long-lasting support for Afghanistan across different areas, be it humanitarian aid, education, healthcare, and more.
“A special delegation of OIC will visit Afghanistan in the near future to assess the needs in different sectors and to provide more humanitarian aid to the people of Afghanistan during these difficult times,” Mr. Bakheet said.
Meanwhile, on Wednesday, the Foreign Minister of Pakistan Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari, in a conference at the UN headquarters in New York expressed his concern and that of the OIC regarding Afghan women and girls who have been deprived of their basic rights to education and work.
“Pakistan and other Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) countries express their deep disappointment at the restrictions imposed on the human rights of women and girls, especially their right to education and work, in Afghanistan,” Minister Bilawal said.
Considering the existing situation, Afghan women’s status remains under the international community’s spotlight, with special attention on the violation of their rights to education and work.