The Muslim world stands by the people and government of Afghanistan
KABUL – The Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan welcomes the OIC standing by the people and Government of Afghanistan with its Resolutions 4/47-POL on Situation on Afghanistan, 4/47-POL on Crimes of Daesh and 5/45-POL on Regional Initiatives in Support of Afghanistan, all adopted during the 47th Council of Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the OIC meeting held on the 27th and 28th November in the Niamey, Niger.
The OIC called on the Ulema and religious institutions across its members states to declare the war against the Muslim state and people of Afghanistan illegitimate and call for the support of the peace talks. Reflecting collective support of the Islamic states for the Afghan peace talks, these resolutions explicitly welcomed the start of the Afghan peace talks and commended the Afghan Government’s good will gesture of the release of the Taliban prisoners.
Condemning the recent terrorist attacks in Afghanistan - particularly those targeting civilians such as the recent attack in Bamyan, Kabul University, Kosar training centre and the maternity hospital in Kabul - the OIC called on the Taliban to reduce violence and agree to an immediate ceasefire.
The OIC has, as an institution, reiterated its full support and commitment to the peace talks in Afghanistan and has asked the international community to do the same. It specifically asked states to support an Afghan owned inclusive peace process, to reach a political solution based on the renunciation of violence, cutting ties with terrorist groups, preservation and advancement of the Afghanistan’s democratic, political and socio-economic and development achievements of the past 19 years and respect of the Afghan Constitution – benefiting all Afghans.
The OIC restated its support to the Afghan Government in its efforts to bring peace, both through the peace talks and through the work of the Afghan National Defence and Security Forces in their fight against terrorism. The OIC welcomed the successful renewal of the partnership between the international community and Afghanistan through the 2020 Afghanistan Conference in Geneva, especially in ensuring economic and social development in Afghanistan.
The OIC and its members state documented their support of various regional economic and infrastructure initiatives that aim to enhance corporation between Afghanistan and its neighbours. These include the trans-Afghanistan railway project, TAPI Mega project and CASA 1000 regional power project.
The Government of Afghanistan appreciates the OIC resolutions and values them as the refection of the collective Islamic international community’s viewpoint. The Government of Afghanistan is looking forward to working closely with the OIC and its members states in order for the contents of these resolution to be put in practice.
KEY POINTS OIC RESOLUTIONS ON AFGHANISTAN
The 47th Council of Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the OIC on 27-28 November 2020 passed three resolutions on Afghanistan:
- Resolution 4/47-POL on the Situation in Afghanistan,
- Resolution 44/47-POL on Crimes of Daesh, and
- Resolution 5/47-POL on the Regional Initiatives in Support of Afghanistan
- OIC welcomed the start of the Afghanistan Peace Negotiation in Doha on 12 September 2020 and all efforts undertaken by the government of Afghanistan, in collaboration with its regional and international partners to end the decades-long conflict through negotiations with the Taliban;
- It commended the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan’s effortsto start peace negotiations with Taliban by releasing over 6,000 Taliban prisoners following the ratifications of prisoner release by the Peace Consultative Loya Jirga in August 2020.
- It condemned in strongest terms the continued violence and the recent terrorist attacks against civilians including the recent attack in Bamyan, the attack on Kabul University, Kosar Training Centre and the Kabul maternity Hospital killing and wounding many innocent and peaceful civilian people;
- It called for an immediate and permanent ceasefire to allow for an effective antiCOVID19 campaign and delivery of humanitarian assistance to the war and disastersaffected people as well as supporting confidence building and sustaining an enabling environment for the peace talks to succeed;
- OIC called upon all OIC member states and their religious scholars and institutions to add their voice to declare the war against the Muslim state and people of Afghanistan illegitimate, that the violence is political and has no Islamic justification and to call for an immediate and permanent ceasefire and support the peace process.
- OIC reiterated its full support and expressed its readiness to extend all necessary
- OIC called on Member States and the international community to support the Afghan led and Afghan owned inclusive peace and reconciliation process to reach a political solution that is based on the principals of renunciation of violence, cutting ties with all terrorists groups, preservation and advancement of Afghanistan's democratic, political, socio-economic and development achievements of the past 19 years and respect for the Afghan Constitution which represents the legitimate interests of all Afghans for a peaceful, stable and democratic Afghanistan.
- OIC expressed its support for the Afghan government and its armed forces in the fight against terrorism, welcomed the Afghan government initiatives and efforts in fighting all terrorist groups, including Daesh, and called on the member states to assist in rehabilitating liberated areas destroyed by Deash;
- OIC reaffirmed its strong support for the Government of the Islamic Republic of
- OIC expressed its solidarity with and full support to the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in its efforts to bring peace, security and inclusive economic development for the Afghan people during the transformation decade from 2015 to 2024;
- OIC urged the Member States and the International Community to continue their vigorous support and assistance to the government of Afghanistan and its struggle against terrorism;
- OIC welcomed the successful conclusion of the 2020 Afghanistan Conference in Geneva, held on 23-24 November 2020, and supporting its communique for the renewal of partnership between the international community and Afghanistan for peace building, state building and market building in Afghanistan.
- OIC supported efforts by the international donor community, including members of OIC, to support the successful implementation of the Afghanistan National Peace and Development Framework-II (ANPDF-II) and Afghanistan Partnership
- OIC stressed the importance of continued international donor support to the government of Afghanistan for implementation of its pro-poor and inclusive socioeconomic programmes based on its ANPDF-II as agreed at the 2020 Afghanistan Conference in Geneva.
- OIC expressed its deep appreciation to countries, in particular the Islamic Republic of Pakistan and the Islamic Republic of Iran for hosting a large number of Afghan refugees and acknowledges the huge burden they have shouldered in this regard;
- OIC called on Member States to protect the rights of the Afghan refugees and avoid their recruitment or use for any kind of political or military purposes.
- OIC encourages its Member States to support the initiatives aimed at enhancing cooperation between Afghanistan and its neighbors;
- OIC welcomed the efforts of the Governments of Uzbekistan and Afghanistan to implement the Mazar-e-Sharif – Herat and Mazar-e-Sharif-Kabul-Jalalabad railway projects. The implementation of these projects will play an extremely important role in regional connectivity, economic integration and prosperity;
- OIC expressed strong support for TAPI Mega Project as a cornerstone for regional cooperation, aiming at promoting regional economic and social development that virtually connects Central Asia with South Asia, which will help in establishing peace and security in Afghanistan as well as in neighboring countries.
- OIC congratulated the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan for successful launching of the implementation phase of Central Asia South Asia 1000-Megawatt Power regional project (CASA1000).