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Azerbaijan summit declares Afghan war as illegal

11 Nov 2020 - 11:25
11 Nov 2020 - 11:25

KABUL and Religious Affairs on Wednesday said a joint conference of 21 Islamic countries and four international Islamic organizations in Azerbaijan has declared the ongoing war in Afghanistan as illegal.

A statement issued by the Ministry of Hajj and Religious Affairs said the Wednesday’s virtual conference participants also called on the warring parties in Afghanistan to stop fighting and make peace a priority.

They identified challenges the modern world faced including hate speech, terrorism, extremism and Armenia’s invasion of Azerbaijan.

The conference, organized by Azerbaijan, was first addressed by the Mufti of Azerbaijan, the head of the Caucasus Muslim Organization, Shaykh al-IslamullahShukarBashazadeh, then by Ali Mohi-ud-Din al-Qaradaghi, the deputy head of the International Union of Islamic Scholars. Dr. Ali Arbash, Minister of Religious Affairs of Turkey, also delivered his speech in this conference.

In their speeches, they shared their views on various aspects of the Islamic world and solutions to their problems.

The speakers said the ongoing war in Afghanistan was forbidden and called on all parties to the conflict to stop fighting and prioritize peace.

Afghanistan’s acting Hajj and Religious Affairs Minister Mohammad Qasim Halimi also spoke on behalf of Afghanistan at the conference.

He spoke about peace, insults to religious sanctities, the republication of cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), Islamic extremism, terrorism and expansion of cooperation between Islamic countries.

Halimi thanked the participants for their stance on the war in Afghanistan.

The participants supported the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, a just solution to the Palestinian conflict within the framework of international law and establishment of peace in Syria, Libya and other regions.

All participants also expressed their commitment to the goal of achieving peace, security, unity and harmony among world’s civilizations and religions for the betterment of humanity.

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