Abdullah seeks Uzbek Ulema’s assistance for Afghan peace


KABUL: Chairman of the High Council for National Reconciliation (HCNR) Abdullah Abdullah on Wednesday termed Ulema’s role crucial in ensuring peace and security in Afghanistan.

Abdullah made the remarks during a meeting with Mufti Osman Khan Aliyev, Chairman of the Islamic Board, and Abdul Ghafoor Ahmadov, Chairman of the Religious Affairs Committee of the Republic of Uzbekistan.

“Afghanistan and Uzbekistan are neighbors and have deep religious, historical, and cultural ties,” Abdullah said, thanking the country for its principled and continued support to Afghan peace.  

Abdullah deemed Ulema’s role important in ensuring peace and security, as well as guiding the society towards peaceful coexistence and called on Uzbekistan’s Ulema to assist Afghanistan in this regard.

On his part, Osman Khan Aliyev reiterated support for the peace process, saying “It is the duty of all Muslims, especially the Ulema, to strive for peace. The people of Afghanistan are our brothers, and peace and tranquility in Afghanistan mean peace and tranquility in Uzbekistan.” 

“The Republic of Uzbekistan scholars are ready to help Afghanistan in this regard,” he added.

Dr. Abdullah praised the relations between the Ulema of the two countries and welcomed joint meetings among the Ulema of the two countries.

The Special Representative of the Republic of Uzbekistan for Afghanistan, who was present at the meeting, said a joint meeting between the Ulema of the Republics of Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, and Afghanistan would be held soon in Samarkand in support of peace in Afghanistan.