More than 50 Islamic countries have demanded that the Taliban not be used as a refuge from terrorism

Taliban militants patrol Jalalabad, Afghanistan, this Tuesday, August 17, 2021. EFE / STRINGER

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.”

Former Afghan President Hamid Karzai is scheduled to meet with the Taliban on August 19, 2021, along with former government ambassador Abdullah Abdullah.
Former Afghan President Hamid Karzai is scheduled to meet with the Taliban on August 19, 2021, along with former government ambassador Abdullah Abdullah.

“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.”

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“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.

The US Air Force Commander, who has been assigned to the 816th Expeditionary Airlift, is assisting those evacuated on C-17 Globemaster III aircraft in support of Operation Coalition shelter at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan.
The US Air Force Commander, who has been assigned to the 816th Expeditionary Airlift, is assisting those evacuated on C-17 Globemaster III aircraft in support of Operation Coalition shelter at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan.

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.

At the Kabul airport in Afghanistan, on August 22, 2021, as you exit the Galle airport, Afghan exits line up before boarding the Italian C130J military plane.
At the Kabul airport in Afghanistan, on August 22, 2021, as you exit the Galle airport, Afghan exits line up before boarding the Italian C130J military plane.

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.

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“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

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