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OIC supports Afghan peace process, presidential poll

OIC supports Afghan peace process, presidential poll

Aug 25, 2019 - 15:56

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) secretary-general has expressed the organization’s support for the Afghanistaninfo-icon peace process and next month’s presidential election.

SG Yousef bin Ahmad Al-Othaimeen made the assurance during a meeting with President Ghani in Saudi Arabia, a statement from the Presidential Palace in Kabul said.

Both sides discussed terrorism, joint fight against extremism, intra-Afghan talks, and transparent conduct of presidential election and establishment of the Islamic University in Afghanistan, the statement read.

The OIC SG extended his condolences over a recent deadly suicide attack inside a wedding hall in Kabul and called on the Talibaninfo-icon to renounce such kind of violence and arrive at negotiating table with the Afghan government.

However, Daesh or Islamic State (IS) had claimed credit for the suicide attack that targeted the wedding party and the Taliban denied had involvement, denouncing it as brutal.

The Presidential Palace said Othaimeen vowed to support the peace efforts and presidential election and calling for all-out cooperation of Islamic counties in the peace process.

Meanwhile, the 9th round of talks between the US and Taliban representatives is underway in Qatar amid a reported headway. The intra-Afghan talks will take place after this round of talks.

However, the Taliban have several times rejected talks with the Afghan government but the government has appointed a 15-member delegation to negotiate with the rebels.

The OIC official assured President Ghani of sending observers to monitor the presidential election on September 28.

About ulemainfo-icon’s role, Ghani said: “Our ulema and their colleagues in Islamic countries should work jointly to deal with the extremist mindset and work for streamlining curriculum of seminaries.”



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