OIC calls for an immediate ceasefire in Afghanistan  


KABUL: The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has vehemently condemned the recent spike in violence across Afghanistan, urging for an immediate cessation of bloodshed. 
Afghanistan has recently witnessed a series of bomb attacks and targeted killings, resulting in many casualties, including civilians and law enforcement officials. 
In a statement realsed on Friday, OIC Secretary-General Dr. Yousef bin Ahmed Al-Othaimeen expressed his condolences to the victims’ families, the government, and Afghanistan’s people, wishing the wounded a swift recovery. 
While calling for an immediate cessation of violence, the Secretary-General encouraged all sides to focus on reconciliation efforts and contribute to intra-Afghan peace talks’ progress. 
Dr. Al-Othaimeen suggested that instead of resorting to violence, a dialogue was the best path forward to achieving comprehensive unity and durable stability in Afghanistan in the form of an Afghan-led peace process.
Meanwhile, the Secretary-General affirmed the OIC’s support for Afghanistan in its efforts for stability, security, and progress, underlining the OIC Council of Foreign Ministers’ expression of solidarity with Afghanistan at its recent session in Niamey, Republic of Niger, in November 2020.