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Afghanistan in difficulties since long: King Salman

Afghanistan in difficulties since long: King Salman

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Jul 11, 2018 - 19:45

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Saudi King Salman Bin Abdul Aziz on Wednesday said Afghanistaninfo-icon has been suffering since long and the conflict there must come to an end.

King Salman, who received a delegation of scholars on Wednesday at his palace in Jeddah, praised the efforts of Muslim scholars taking part in an Afghanistan peace conference in Saudi Arabia.

The International Ulemainfo-icon Conference on Peace and Security, organized by the Afghanistan Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), started on Tuesday.

“You are the best who work to serve Islam and Muslims, unify their words and ranks, and eliminate the Islamic worldinfo-icon from wars and crises afflicting it as well as the scourges of extremism and terrorism,” the king said.

King Salman said Saudi Arabia has stood with the Afghan people in their suffering since the beginning of the Afghan crisis and the war.

Saudi Arabia has provided humanitarian and economic assistance and made continuous political efforts to renounce division and differences among the Afghan people, he said.

“Today, we are optimistic that your efforts will contribute to closing the page of the past and opening a new page in Afghanistan that would achieve the aspirations of the Afghan people for security and stability, and this requires adopting the approach of dialogue, reconciliation and tolerance as dictated by our Islamic religion,” he added, thanking the muslim scholars for their efforts.

OIC Secretary-General, Dr. Yousef bin Ahmad Al-Othaimeen, also delivered a speech on behalf of the scholars. H expressed gratitude to King Salman for hosting the conference in Saudi Arabia.

He explained more than 100 Islamic scholars from across the globe attended the conference to help the people of Afghanistan bring peace and stability to their war-ravaged country.

The Afghan ulema asked the Saudi King to invite the Talibaninfo-icon to the holy mosques and asked them to reconcile.

King Salman reiterated his commitment and support to the peace process in Afghanistan and said: “Afghanistan has been in difficulties since long and this should come to an end.”

Meanwhile, Qebla Ayaz, Pakistaninfo-icon’s Ideological Council head, told reporters that all parties in Afghanistan should come together and seek solution to their problems.

“Targeting civilians, public places and suicide attacks are not allowed in Islam and there is no justification for such attacks in Islam,” he said.

Dr. Maulod, another religious scholar from Serbia, said now was the time that the ulema should come forward and resolve the Afghan issue.  “We ask the Taliban to stop fighting in Afghanistan and reconcile,” he said.

Religious scholars from around the world holding a two-day conference in Saudi Arabia on Wednesday called on Muslim states, organizations and elites to join efforts and pull their weight towards the establishment of peace and security in Afghanistan.

In a seven-point declaration the scholars issued after holding meetings in Jeddah and Makkah, the conference participants affirmed that suicide attacks targeting innocent people and intestine killings among Muslims were all acts prohibited by Allah and His Messenger.

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