57-member body holds emergency meeting, advises Afghan authorities to promote inclusive dialogue among all segments of society
JEDDAH — The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation on Sunday called on the future Afghan leadership to promote national reconciliation and adhere to the UN’s charter and resolutions.
The 57-member body of Islamic countries held an emergency meeting to review the situation in Afghanistan and called on the world community to help restore security, public order and stability in that country, reports Arab News.
“We are firmly convinced that the international community, the Security Council, partners and regional organizations, must urgently provide all possible support and assistance to end the violence and ensure the restoration of security, public order and stability in Afghanistan without interfering in its internal affairs so that stability and security can be restored,” said OIC Secretary-General Dr. Yousef Al-Othaimeen after meeting of OIC’s permanent representatives.
Al-Othaimeen warned that the international community and the ruling party must work together to ensure that Afghanistan is not used as a haven for terror groups.
He said that the international community and the OIC expect Afghan authorities to promote inclusive dialogue among all segments of society, to achieve national reconciliation, respect international treaties and conventions, and abide by the standards governing international relations enshrined in the UN’s charter and resolutions.
“We also call for the protection and respect of the right to life and security and the dignity of the Afghan people, in accordance with international human rights treaties,” he said.
Arab News quoted Dr. Shafiq Samim, the permanent Afghan representative to the OIC, as telling Al-Hadath TV news channel that it was the first time in Afghanistan that an opposition force reached the capital “without any destruction or resistance.”
“The war has stopped, and the streams of blood have halted after 20 years of flowing. Peace and stability are now back in the country. Since the (takeover by) Taliban, we have not heard a sound of a bullet in the capital.”
He said that the gathering of humanitarian aid, especially to war-displaced Afghans, is an essential component of the talks.