Group representing 57 Muslim nations meets, urges peace in Afghanistan

The world’s largest organization of Muslim nations holds an extraordinary session in Saudi Arabia to discuss the situation in Afghanistan, with calls for the country not to be turned into a hub for terrorism.

The secretary-general of the 57-nation Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Yousef al-Othaimeen, points to the escalating humanitarian needs in Afghanistan and notes that “reconciliation is the key to bringing peace.”

He urges that Afghanistan not be used “as a haven for terrorism again.”

Representatives of the OIC meet at the body’s headquarters in the Red Sea city of Jeddah after Saudi Arabia called for the meeting.

The kingdom’s representative to the OIC reiterates Saudi support for a comprehensive peace and reconciliation in Afghanistan and calls on the Taliban and all parties to maintain security.

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