On Tuesday, the Saudi Foreign Ministry announced that the consular section at its embassy in the Afghan capital of Kabul started to provide service.
The Saudi Foreign Ministry issued a statement, saying, “the decision stems from the Kingdom’s keenness to provide all consular services to the Afghan people.”
Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia called for an extraordinary meeting of the Ministerial Council of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC). The conference aims to discuss the humanitarian situation in Afghanistan, according to the statement.
Pakistan has become a candidate for hosting the meeting in Islamabad on December 17, the statement added.
In its statement, Riyadh emphasized the possibility that the economic collapse of Afghanistan would undermine regional and international peace and stability.
Following the Taliban’s takeover of Kabul on August 17, the US froze $9.5 billion worth of assets of Afghanistan’s central bank. Besides, the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund, among other international organizations and donors, have suspended paying payments to the temporary Taliban authority.
According to the UN’s estimation, around 22.8 million, which consists of half of Afghanistan’s population, could suffer severe food shortages soon.