Malaysia plans two-step assistance for Afghans

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KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia plans to assist the Afghan people under the interim Taliban government in two stages, the first is to expand humanitarian assistance, and the second is to hire businessmen and professionals to help with the medium-term reconstruction of the war-torn region. country.

Foreign Minister’s Special Advisor for Afghan Affairs Datuk Ahmad Azam Ab Rahman said: “The priority now is to establish the Malaysian Humanitarian Center and start operations.

The center will bring together all Malaysian humanitarian non-governmental organizations and become a one-stop-shop to help Afghans with food, shelter and medical needs.

“Besides basic needs like food, shelter and medicine, we are also encouraging professionals like experienced bankers, financial advisers and businessmen from Malaysia to help revive the Afghan economy,” he said. he told Bernama after attending the Afghan community’s meeting meeting with Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Saifuddin Abdullah at the International Islamic University of Malaysia on Thursday evening.

Malaysia has yet to formally take a stand on the Taliban government and is taking a cautious approach to the new regime in Afghanistan.

The Taliban captured Kabul on August 15 and took control of Afghanistan for the first time in 20 years after the US military withdrew from the country.

Afghan President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani also left the country when the Taliban advanced towards the capital.

Ahmad Azam, who is the commissioner of the Permanent Independent Commission on Human Rights (CIPDH) of the Organization for Islamic Cooperation (OIC), also called for the 17th extraordinary session of the Council of Foreign Ministers (CFM ) of the OIC in Islamabad, Pakistan, today pledges to seek more funds for humanitarian aid to the Afghan people.

Meanwhile, during his dialogue session with the Afghan community, Saifuddin expressed Malaysia’s willingness to better understand the Taliban’s interim government.

He said the Malaysian government’s priority now was to ensure how humanitarian aid could be delivered, adding that the peace process in Afghanistan should be stakeholder and people-centered, based on ‘An Afghan-led, Afghan-owned and Afghan-controlled peace and reconciliation process.

Awaiting the 17th extraordinary session of the OIC CFM, Saifuddin said he hoped the international organization would have a statement on the issue of the US freezing over US $ 9.5 billion ( 40.1 billion RM) Afghan assets after the Taliban. took control.


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