Following the Taliban’s capture of Kabul, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on Sunday launched an extraordinary meeting in the Saudi city of Jeddah this Sunday calling for “national reconciliation” in Afghanistan. It is no longer a country used as a “haven for terrorism”.
At the inaugural meeting convened by Saudi Arabia, the current head of the OIC, General Secretary of the Organization Youssef Al Ozameen, called for “national reconciliation” in Afghanistan. He called on the international community and the Taliban to guarantee that the country would not be “used again as a haven for terrorism.”
In addition, He lamented the suffering of the people of Afghanistan due to the protracted military conflict and the Govt-19 epidemic, and said it would “particularly cause serious harm to women and children who are the most vulnerable area”.
For this reason, al-Oshaimeen asked members of the international community and OCI “Accelerate the arrival of humanitarian aid to Afghanistan.”
“We must choose the path of reconciliation that works for development with a government of reconciliation that encompasses all sections of Afghan society and unites all elements of the people of Afghanistan,” the OIC General Secretary said.
Saleh bin Hamad, Saudi Arabia’s permanent representative to al-O’Shaim and OIC, both stressed the need for the Taliban to act to “establish security, stability and unity in Afghanistan.”
“Saudi Arabia hopes that the Taliban and all parties in Afghanistan will work to protect security, lives and property, and reaffirm its support for the people of Afghanistan, along with OIC members, in their decisions without foreign intervention,” the Saudi envoy said.
The OIC, represented at its meeting by representatives of the overthrown government of Afghanistan, unites 57 Islamic countries and has held meetings under the slogan of defending interests at the level of heads of state or foreign ministers since its formation in 1969. More than 1,500 Muslims around the world.
Desperation to escape
Tens of thousands of Afghans tried to flee their country this Sunday. At the same time, the United States warned of security threats at the chaotic Kabul airport and the EU considered it “impossible” to expel all those at risk under the Taliban regime.
One week after they seized power in Afghanistan, the Taliban promised a softer version of their brutal regime of 1996-2001 and made progress in forming the government.
But panicked Afghans continued to flee, escalating the tragedy at Kabul airport, where the United States and its allies could not cope as large numbers of people tried to board departure flights.
Seven Afghan civilians were killed amid chaos in front of Kabul airport as thousands of people tried to access the terminal, the British Defense Ministry announced Sunday, without further details on how the deaths were.
“Our thoughts go to the families of the seven Afghan civilians who died tragically at the meeting in Kabul. Land conditions are very challenging,” a security spokesman said in a statement.
Evidence suggests that the British are doing “everything possible” to manage the situation “in the safest way possible”.
With information from EFE and AFP