Saudi Arabia to host int’l conference on Afghanistan


The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) and the General Secretariat of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) will host the international conference of Muslim scholars on peace and stability in the Republic of Afghanistan in Jeddah and Makkah next week on July 10 and 11.

“The conference, which will be attended by leaders of religious scholars in Afghanistan and a select group of Muslim scholars from around the world, is aimed at assisting efforts to achieve peace and stability in Afghanistan and to condemn terrorism and violent extremism in all their forms and manifestations within the framework of the teachings of the true Islamic religion,” said a press release on Sunday.

On the occasion, OIC Secretary-General Dr Yousef bin Ahmed Al Othaimeen highly commended the efforts made by the government of the KSA under the leadership of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud and the Crown Prince Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

The opening session of the conference, which will be held at the Palais des Congrès in Jeddah, will have the inaugural addresses of the hosts of the conference, the OIC secretary general, the Republic of Afghanistan and a representative of the scholars.

The first plenary session titled “Reconciliation in Islam: The role of scientists in bringing peace and stability in Afghanistan” will be moderated by Dr Sheikh Abdul Rahman Al Sudais, the head of the Holy Mosque and the Prophet’s Mosque. This session will be presented by Islamic University, Kabul Deputy Director Sheikh Mohamed Ismail Labib.

The second plenary session will be held under the title “Islam’s position on terrorism and violent extremism,” and will be chaired by Egyptian Diwan Mufti Dr Shawki Ibrahim Allam.

The final session of the conference, which is based on the decisions of the Islamic Summit and the Council of Foreign Ministers of the OIC member states, is to be held at the Makkah Guest House, where the Mecca Declaration on the consolidation of peace and stability in Afghanistan will be adopted.