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OIC meeting on Afghanistan peace held in Saudi Arabia

11 Sep 2018 1TV News

2018-09-11 | 13 minute ago

The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) held a meeting in Saudi Arabia's Jeddah to deliberate on the consolidation of peace and stability in Afghanistan.

The meeting was held at the request of Saudi Arabia and it followed International Conference of Muslim Scholars on Peace and Stability in Afghanistan in July this year.

Afghanistan was represented in the meeting by its deputy foreign minister Nasir Ahmad Andesh.

Addressing the meeting, OIC Secretary-General Yousef Bin Ahmed Al-Othaimeen reiterated call for Afghanistan peace talks.

Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia’s representative welcomed the Afghan government’s offer of second ceasefire last month, adding it was in line with the principle of promoting peace.

Speaking at a press conference in Kabul, Afghan Foreign Ministry’s spokesman, Sebghatullah Ahmadi, said that the meeting also condemned attacks on security forces in Afghanistan.

Afghan government has repeatedly called on the Taliban to enter into direct peace talks, but the group has rejected the offer.

The Taliban representatives met with a senior U.S. diplomat for peace talks in Doha in July and the group is reportedly preparing for another round of talks with the U.S.

Ahmadi said that talks between the U.S. and the Taliban are held following coordination with the Afghan government.

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