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OIC Welcomes Temporary Ceasefire in Afghanistan and Urges Parties to Make It Permanent

The Organization of Islamic Cooperation welcomed the ceasefire declared
by the President of Afghanistan and the Taliban leadership and urged for
making it a permanent one.

The President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan announced an
eight-day ceasefire from the 27 of Ramadan until the fifth day of
Eid-Al-Fitr following the Fatwa issued by the broad Afghan Ulema
gathering on 4 June 2018, which was interrupted by a deplorable
terrorist suicide attack resulting in death of scores of innocent
people, seven of them Ulemas. The Taliban leadership also issued a
declaration of ceasefire during three days of Eid-Al-Fitr.

"The Muslim Ummah, and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation
commend and welcome the declaration of the Government of Afghanistan and
the Taliban and they appeal to the Afghan nation to adhere to the
ceasefire call in line with sense of respect for divine principles of
Islam and patriotism..." said Dr. Yousef Al-Othaimeen, Secretary General
of the OIC.

The Secretary General also underlined: "The noble Afghan nation is
tired and has been losing blood of innocent children as a result of
decades-long internecine conflict imposed upon them, and it is high time
for all Afghans to lay down arms and engage in constructive dialogue
towards restoration of lasting peace, security and stability, essential
for rebuilding their devastated country."

He assured the government and people of Afghanistan that the OIC
will stand firmly behind them as they march towards the path of peace
and reconciliation.

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