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World Islamic body OIC pledges full support to efforts for Afghanistan peace

10 Jul 2018 1TV News

Addressing a conference on Afghanistan in Saudi Arabia on Tuesday, the chief of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) pledged full and unwavering support to efforts for peace in Afghanistan.

“I, on behalf of the OIC, pledge full and unwavering support to all the efforts being made, regionally and worldwide, to bring peace and stability in Afghanistan,” said Yousef bin Ahmad Al-Othaimeen of the OIC, which represents 37 states and acts as the collective voice of the Muslim world.

According to Othaimeen, war in Afghanistan cannot be won militarily.

“If I may be blunt here, I would say once again that military action is no real durable solution. We have to take a comprehensive approach that encompasses cultural, economic and social perspective to bring peace and stability in Afghanistan,” he said.

Counting neighboring countries of Afghanistan among its members, the OIC has been actively engaged in driving peace and security in the country and has a longstanding focus on boosting regional cooperation for peace and stability, he said.

Nearly 100 Islamic scholars, including 35 from Afghanistan, have attended the two-meeting in Jeddah and Makkah.

Shafiq Samim, a member of Afghanistan’s Ulema Council, urged the Saudi king to invite the Taliban to holy cities for peace talks.

He also urged the OIC to facilitate ceasefire and peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban.

Saudi Minister of Islamic Affairs Abdul Latif bin Abdul Aziz also pledged his government’s efforts for ensuring peace in Afghanistan, saying it was in the interest of Saudi Arabia and the Islamic world.

The event also involved a meeting behind closed doors and declaration is expected to be announced at Kaaba, the holiest site in Islam.

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