OIC calls for peace in Afghan, reiterates commitment to helptext_fields
Jeddah: Members of Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), of 57 Islamic states, urgently met in Saudi Arabia and called on the Afghan leadership to promote reconciliation and adhere to the UN's charter and resolutions, Arab News has reported.
The OIC members emphasised their commitment to helping Afghanistan bring peace, security, stability, and development. They highlighted this commitment as stated in its resolutions adopted by the Islamic Summit and the Makkah Declaration 2018 by the International Ulama Conference on Peace and Stability in Afghanistan.
Saudi's representative to the OIC, Saleh bin Hamad Al-Shaibani, repeated his country's support for the Afghan people and called other OIC members to do the same. He askedthem to support, without interference, what the Afghan people chose.
He said that Saudi would like the Taliban and all the Afghan parties to maintain security, stability and preserve lives and properties in Afghanistan. King Salman wished Afghan leaders to make a new start with dialogue, reconciliation and tolerance, the main principles in the Makkah Declaration, as noble Islamic instructions, he said.
Meanwhile, OIC General Secretary Yousuf Al-Othaimeen asked the international community and the ruling party to work together to ensure that Afghanistan is no haven for terrorist groups. He said that the OIC, along with the international community, expect Afghan authorities to abide by the standards of international relations enshrined in the UN's charter and resolutions. They should protect and respect the life, security and dignity of Afghans as per international human rights and treaties.
OIC is also sure that the international community, Security Council members and regional organisations must do everything possible to end violence and restore peace in Afghanistan, he said.
Meanwhile, the permanent Afghan representative to the OIC, Shafiq Samim, told the media that he is optimistic about changes in his country's political arena. The war and bloodshed have ended, while peace and stability returned to Afghanistan. There were no gunshots heard after the Taliban took Kabul, he claimed.