The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has called on both the Afghan government and the Taliban to establish a ceasefire and focus all their efforts on ensuring peace amidst the recent surge in violence.
On Sunday, OIC’s Secretary General Yousef Al Othaimeen urged “all Afghans to redouble their efforts to achieve long lasting peace and reconciliation through an Afghan-owned, Afghan-led process.”
In his statement, Othaimeen deplored all acts of violence and said both parties have to “exercise maximum restraint to achieve a sustainable ceasefire, and strive for the long-awaited peace by the people of Afghanistan.”
The Secretary General also expressed hope that the ongoing peace efforts would bring security and stability for the people’s well-being, prosperity and development of Afghanistan.
In May 2019, the OIC had issued resolutions in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, urging the Taliban to enter into a dialogue with the government.
A regional peace summit on Afghanistan is scheduled to take place this evening in Kabul with the participation of 20 countries and various international organisations, including the OIC, to build the regional consensus on the Afghan peace process.