IRA Peace Negotiations Team Held Virtual Meeting with Afghan Civil Society Forum

IRA Peace Negotiations Team Held Virtual Meeting with Afghan Civil Society Forum

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22 Feb 2021

The Islamic Republic of Afghanistan Peace Negotiations Team had a an online meeting with the Afghan Civil Society Forum-organization (ACSFo) and spoke about the Afghanistan peace process.

IRA peace team in a press release said that Asadullah Saadati, Deputy Chairman of the High Council for National Reconciliation (HCNR), spoke about the various dimensions of war and peace in Afghanistan, calling the peace a national and religious necessity.

Mr. Saadati said that the Negotiation Team of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan includes representatives of different segments of the society, especially religious scholars. He called the role of religious scholars in the Afghanistan peace process valuable and influential.
In the meantime, Mohammad Masoom Stanekzai, head of the negotiation team, spoke about the role and direct and indirect influence of different countries, especially the Islamic countries, on the Afghanistan peace process.

While shedding light on the peace negotiations in Doha, he called the escalation of violence in the country unacceptable and harmful to the people.

Mentioning the influential role of religious scholars, who are members of the negotiation team, Mr. Stanekzai expressed his gratitude for the unified position and rational and strong reasoning of the negotiations’ team members during the peace negotiations.

The head of the negotiation team, referring to the declaration of the International Union of Muslim Scholars (IUMS) regarding the illegitimacy of the current war in Afghanistan, said that the declaration was widely reflected and the position of Muslim scholars on Afghanistan and the ongoing war in the country is clear.

Fawzia Koofi, another member of the negotiation team, mentioning that the role of religious scholars and women in Afghanistan has been notable throughout history, said that the role of moderate Islamic scholars and those who have an accurate understanding of religion is vitally important in ending the war and ensuring peace and stability in the country.

Ms. Koofi stressed the importance of women’s role in the economic system and society, and emphasized that their religious rights must be protected. She also said that Afghan women are an undeniable part of society.

According to her, while Islam encourages education for both males and females, women should not be deprived of this right.

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