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PM Imran Khan welcomes UN initiative to support Afghanistan

PM Imran Khan welcomes UN initiative to support Afghanistan
January 12, 2022 Web Desk

ISLAMABAD (92 News) – Prime Minister Imran Khan has welcomed the United Nations (UN) initiative to support Afghanistan.

In a message on Twitter, he said: “We welcome this UN initiative which has followed Pakistan initiated special Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) foreign ministers meetings pledged support. I have been making this appeal to the international community to prevent a humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan where people have suffered ravages of 40 years of conflict.”

Speaking in Geneva on Tuesday, UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Martin Griffiths said that $4.4 billion was needed for the Afghanistan Humanitarian Response Plan alone, 'to pay direct' to health workers and others, not the de facto authorities.

UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi called for $623 million, to support refugees and host communities in five neighbouring countries, for the Afghanistan Situation Regional Refugee Response Plan. “Today we are launching an appeal for $4.4 billion for Afghanistan itself for 2022,” said Griffiths. “This is the largest ever appeal for a single country for humanitarian assistance and it is three times the amount needed, and actually fundraised in 2021.”