The International Ulema Conference on Afghanistan Peace and Security got underway on Tuesday morning in Saudi Arabia - with a 35-member Ulema delegation from Afghanistan led by head of the Ulema Council, Mawlawi Qayamuddin Kashaf, in attendance.
More than 200 representatives from 57 countries and 108 Ulema members from 32 countries are attending.
TOLOnews reporter Shabeer Ahmadi says that the head of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Yousef bin Ahmad Al-Othaimeen said that activities are ongoing in Afghanistan which are not in accordance with Islam.
“The military operation is not the way out of war in Afghanistan,” he said, adding that “OIC is ready to cooperate with Afghanistan to reach to peace.”
The OIC has called on Afghanistan’s neighboring countries to help Afghanistan reach a peace agreement.
Afghan government officials on Monday expressed hope and optimism that renewed peace efforts will come out of this week’s Ulema conference scheduled for Jeddah and Mecca in Saudi Arabia.
The Saudi government and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) have jointly organized the two-day event entitled International Conference of Muslim Scholars on Peace and Stability in Afghanistan.
The conference is aimed at supporting efforts to achieve peace and stability in Afghanistan and condemn terrorism and violent extremism in all forms and manifestations within the framework of the teachings of Islam.
A 36-member delegation of Afghan scholars left Kabul for Saudi Arabia on Monday attended at the conference.
Meanwhile, the OIC said in a statement on Monday that delegates will also hold discussions on the issue of terrorism.
In a press release issued by the Saudi government on Sunday, they said: “The conference, which will be attended by leaders of religious scholars in Afghanistan and a select group of Muslim scholars from around the world, is aimed at assisting efforts to achieve peace and stability in Afghanistan and to condemn terrorism and violent extremism in all their forms and manifestations within the framework of the teachings of the true Islamic religion.”
In addition, the OIC Secretary-General Yousef bin Ahmed Al-Othaimeen commended the efforts made by the Saudi government to arrange the summit.