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Int'l Conference of Muslim Ulema on Peace and Stability in Afghanistan kicks off

The International Conference of Muslim Ulema on Peace and Stability in
Afghanistan, co-hosted by the Saudi cities of Jeddah and Makkah, started
here today and will last for two days.

Addressing the opening session, Dr. Yousef bin Ahmed Al-Othaimeen,
Secretary General of the Jeddah-based Islamic Cooperation Organization
(ICO), thanked the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin
Abdulaziz Al Saud and his Crown Prince, for the efforts being exerted to
hold this conference.

He called on the Afghani government and Afghani community to respond
to the sincere call issued by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques to
reach conciliation and work for the stability and security of their
country and welfare of their people.

He expressed hope that the conference would consolidate peace and
stability in Afghanistan and denounce terror and extremism in all its
forms.

He said the conference would provide a platform to get the situation
in Afghanistan discussed from the points of view of Afghani Ulema.

For his part, the minister of Islamic affairs, call and guidance Dr.
Abdullatif bin Abdulaziz Al Al-Sheikh conveyed the keenness of the
Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques on the stability of Afghanistan,
drawing the attention of the Afghan Ulema to the great responsibility
they are shouldering towards their people.

The representative of Afghanistan, Mualay Quamuddin Kashaf, who
chairs the Afghanistan Ulema Council, thanked the Custodian of the Two
Holy Mosques for his continuous stand by the side of the people of
Afghanistan, hoping that the conference would yield satisfying fruits.

Dr. Saleh bin Abdullah bin Humaid, the Imam and preacher of the
Grand mosque, said, in his capacity as representative of Islamic Ulema,
that hosing the conference by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia comes within
the care of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques and his Crown Prince
for the service of Islamic Ummah to bring about peace and security and
spread the spirit of tolerance and co-existence everywhere.

Tomorrow's session will move to Al-Diyafa (hospitality) palace in Makkah.


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