Muslim nations meet, urge peace in Afghanistan

AP , Sunday 22 Aug 2021

The OIC's secretary general pointed to the escalating humanitarian needs in Afghanistan

OIC Secretary General Yousef Al-Othaimeen, AP
File Photo: Secretary General of the OIC Yousef Bin Ahmad Al-Othaimeen, speaks during the opening of an extraordinary session of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation foreign ministers on the situation of the Rohingya Muslim Minority in Myanmar at a conference center in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017. AP

The world's largest organization of Muslim nations held an extraordinary session in Saudi Arabia on Sunday to discuss the situation in Afghanistan, with calls for it not to be turned into a hub for terrorism.

The secretary general of the 57-nation Organization of Islamic Cooperation, Yousef al-Othaimeen, pointed to the escalating humanitarian needs in Afghanistan and noted that ``reconciliation is the key to bringing peace.`` He urged for Afghanistan not to be used ``as a haven for terrorism again.''
Representatives of the OIC met at the body's headquarters in the Red Sea city of Jeddah after Saudi Arabia called for the meeting. The kingdom's representative to the OIC reiterated Saudi support for a comprehensive peace and reconciliation in Afghanistan, and called on the Taliban and all parties to maintain security.
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