By: Lailuma Noori
As US and Taliban are about to sign possible peace agreement in Doha, capital city of Qatar, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has said that the ongoing war in Afghanistan should be ended as soon as possible and Taliban should enter to direct negotiations with Afghanistan government.
During his official visit to Saudi Arabia, President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani has met with Dr. Yousef bin Ahmed Al-Othaimeen, the OIC Secretary General who emphasized on ending the war in Afghanistan.
Spokesperson of the President of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Sediq Sediqi in his tweet said that the OIC General Secretary in meeting with President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani emphasized that the Taliban must abandon violence and enter into direct negotiations with the Afghan government. Besides, OIC assured of cooperation with Afghanistan religious ulamas in counter religious extremism and terrorism.
According to Sediqi, the OIC General Secretary has also announced the organization’s readiness to dispatch observers for upcoming presidential elections.
During his two-day visit to Saudi Arabia, President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani met with King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and other high-ranking officials of the respective country. In the meeting, both sides discussed cooperation between the two countries, Afghan peace process, trade and counter terrorism.
In a luncheon arranged for Afghan President Muhammad Ashraf Ghani and his accompanying delegation, King of Saudi Arabia assured of his country’s continued cooperation with Afghanistan in eliminate the menace of terrorism. He added that the visit of President Ghani would further boost ties between two countries.
Terming the next Afghan presidential polls of vital importance, he said election would pave way for the restoration of lasting peace in Afghanistan. The government of Saudi Arabia supported the Afghan electoral process, he maintained.
Meanwhile, Afghanistan presidential office in a statement said that President Ghani has also met with chairman of the Islamic Development Bank Bandar Al Hajjar, discussing economic cooperation, investment, strengthening of the agriculture sector and granting long-term loans to Afghan farmers. After the meeting, a MoU was signed between Afghanistan acting minister of finance and IsDB chairman for construction of a 100-bed hospital and four clinics in Afghanistan. Role of OIC and its goal for ending extremism in Afghanistan is considered as significant. According to OIC, the organization is working on three key objectives as political support, effort for ending extremism and providing economic support to Islamic countries. Therefore, OIC is operating and closely working with regional countries and its member countries to achieve its objectives in the region. It is worth mentioning that The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) is the second largest inter-governmental organization after the United Nations with a membership of 57 states spread over four continents. The Organization is the collective voice of the Muslim world. It endeavors to safeguard and protect the interests of the Muslim world in the spirit of promoting international peace and harmony among various people of the world.