OIC meeting calls for inclusive peace in Afghanistan

Permanent Representatives of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Member States held a meeting here last Tuesday as a follow-up on implementing OIC resolutions on Afghanistan and on the recommendations of the International Ulema Conference for Peace and Stability in Afghanistan held in Jeddah and Makkah on July 10-11, respectively, and other regional and international initiatives.

The meeting, held at the request of Saudi Arabia, concluded with the issuance of the following final communique:

1. The meeting recalled the principled stand adopted by the OIC in its resolutions on Afghanistan since January 1980, which calls for its strong commitment to the sovereignty, independence, national unity and territorial integrity of Afghanistan.

2. The meeting fully supported the outcome of the International Ulema Conference for Peace, Security and Stability hosted by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in Jeddah and Makkah on 10-11 July 2018.

3. The meeting called on Member States and the international community to support the Afghan-led and Afghan-owned inclusive peace and reconciliation process to reach a political solution that is based on the principles of renunciation of violence, cutting ties with all terrorist groups, preservation of Afghanistan's democratic achievements and respect for the Afghan Constitution, which represents the legitimate interests of all Afghans in a peaceful, stable and democratic Afghanistan. It strongly supported in this regard the efforts of the High Peace Council in engaging all Afghans in peace-building initiatives. It also supported the latest initiative of the President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, H.E. Dr. Mohamed Ashraf Ghani, to engage in a direct, peaceful and unconditional dialogue with Taliban and called on the Taliban Movement to respond positively to this initiative.

4. The meeting expressed solidarity with and full support for the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in its efforts to bring peace, security and economic progress for the people of Afghanistan, and supported in this context the Ulema Conference on Supporting Peace and Security in Afghanistan held in Kabul on 4 June 2018.

5. The meeting recognized that lasting peace and stability in Afghanistan can only be assured through a comprehensive approach that includes security, development, governance and reconciliation.

6. The meeting acknowledged the fact that while terrorism is a serious and growing common threat, there is an urgent need for common understanding and cooperation through necessary and appropriate regional mechanisms, with strong commitment by regional and international stakeholders, in taking action against this menace in a bid to support Afghanistan as the frontline state in fighting regional, and transnational terrorist groups.

7. The meeting strongly condemned the recent wave of terrorist acts in Afghanistan. It condemned strongly the attack on the Ulema Conference in Loya Jirga in Kabul, where a number of famous Ulema lost their lives and the rocket attacks on the Presidential Palace on the Holy day of Eid Al-Adha, where all Afghan dignitaries assembled to perform Eid Prayer. It urged all Member States and the International Community to extend support to the Government of Afghanistan in its fight against this devilish phenomenon, and encouraged all Muslim scholars to unanimously and strongly condemn terrorism, through fatwas, preaching and holding international events in this regard.

8. The meeting requested the donor Member States and Islamic development and financial institutions, foremost of which is the Islamic Development Bank (IDB), to provide financial assistance, facilities and other needed support to Afghanistan; underscoring the importance of socio-economic development as a key element for durable peace and stability in Afghanistan.

9. The meeting requested the Secretary General to accelerate the process of implementation of the OIC resolution on the construction of the International Islamic University in Afghanistan.

10. The meeting requested the Government of Afghanistan to submit a draft resolution to the next session of the CFM, including specific measures at the regional and international levels to promote the OIC's role in and contribution to achieving peace and security in Afghanistan by implementing OIC resolutions on Afghanistan and the outcome of the International Ulema Conference held in Jeddah and Makkah Al Mukarrammah on 10-11 July 2018.

11. The meeting requested the Secretary General to take all measures to communicate this report to the United Nations and to regional organizations and to report thereon to the next Ministerial Meeting.

Source: International Islamic News Agency