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Saudi Arabia’s role crucial in Afghanistan peace process

10 Jul 2018 The Kabul Times

As preparations are under way in Saudi Arabia for ‘International Conference of Muslim Scholars on Peace and Stability in Afghanistan’, Afghan Senators and political experts welcome role of Saudi Arabia in Afghanistan peace process.

They hope that religious ulema and scholars of the Islamic world will declare their stance against the ongoing war and violence in Afghanistan, saying that the Taliban group will then have no reason for continuing their war against the people of Afghanistan.

Members of Afghanistan Senate stressed that holding the ‘International Conference of Muslim Scholars on Peace and Stability in Afghanistan’ is very significant for creating national, regional and global consensus and ending the ongoing war in the country.

“Undoubtedly, Saudi Arabia can play an effective role in Afghanistan peace talks although it is very late for holding such conferences, but the country has its particular position in this regard,” said Mohammad Alam Ezedyar, deputy of Afghanistan Senate.

He believes that the anticipation of Afghanistan people from Muslim scholars in the conference is that they declare the ongoing war and violence in the country as illegal, but unfortunately a number of Arab imams and scholars might somehow support the Afghan war.

Meanwhile, a number of Afghan political experts and representatives of people in parliament believe that Saudi Arabia can cooperate through Pakistan with Afghanistan in peace process.

“As Saudi Arabia has powerful relations with Pakistan, the country can play effective role in Afghanistan peace process but only if the international community exerts pressures on Saudi Arabia,” said Amir Mohammad, an Afghan political expert.

He added that Saudi Arabia as a big and powerful Islamic country had old relations with the Taliban group and could exert pressure on Pakistan to change its policy in connection with counter terrorism effort and peace process in Afghanistan.

One of issues in Afghanistan peace process is the role of regional and world countries, but can such efforts be effective for convincing armed groups to hold peace talks with Afghanistan government?

Answering the question, Javed Kohistani, another Afghan political and military expert, says various regional and world countries have played role and made efforts towards bringing peace to Afghanistan since High Peace Council was created.

“If regional and world countries really and honestly cooperate with Afghanistan in peace process, it will be very effective and useful and peace can be maintained in the country as relations of Afghanistan and the region have been tied up,” Kohistani added.

Jamal Farahmand, another Afghan political expert, says Afghanistan government should make further effort and hold such conferences inside and outside of the country so ways can be found for bringing peace in the country.

He added that the international conference of religious scholars and ulema for peace and stability in Afghanistan in Saudi Arabia can be a good message for armed Taliban group as they should know that no countries of the world are in favor of war in Afghanistan and religious scholars will gather in the conference to denounce and declare the ongoing war in Afghanistan as illegal.

It is worth mentioning that eminent scholars from Afghanistan as well as from various parts of the world will attend the conference, which is being convened on the basis of the resolutions of the Islamic Summit and the session of the Council of Foreign Ministers of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) member states.

Suraya Raiszada

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