0901 GMT December 07, 2021
The Iranian foreign minister said the Daesh terrorist group’s activities in Afghanistan are aimed at sowing religious discord in the country, calling on the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) and its members to condemn such inhumane acts.
Hossein Amir-Abdollahian made the remarks in a phone conversation with OIC Secretary-General Yousef bin Ahmad al-Othaimeen to discuss the latest developments in Afghanistan and relations between Iran and the organisation, IRNA reported.
The Iranian FM said extremist circles are among the region’s most important problems, saying Iran backs a more active role by the organisation concerning the situation in Afghanistan in view of the present unfavorable circumstances and Daesh’s acts of terror in the country.
Blasting the recent brutal attacks by Daesh terrorists on two Shia mosques in Kunduz and Kandahar, which killed and wounded many worshippers, Amir-Abdollahian called on the OIC chief and its member states to condemn the inhumane acts.
The Iranian minister expressed satisfaction with the support provided by the OIC secretariat in facilitating the reopening of Iran’s OIC representative office in Jeddah, calling for the continuation of such an approach by the organisation.
Congratulating Amir-Abdollahian on his success in winning the Iranian Parliament’s vote of confidence and taking the helm of the country’s diplomatic apparatus, Othaimeen presented a report of OIC measures in dealing with Afghanistan’s recent developments and the organisation’s statement in this regard.
He stressed the need to form an inclusive government in Afghanistan and uphold human and women’s rights in the country.
The OIC chief also expressed solidarity with the people of Afghanistan, emphasizing that the country must not become a safe haven for terrorist groups.
He noted that the OIC does not discriminate among Islamic denominations and maintains that all Muslims are entitled to have equal citizenship rights.
Othaimeen said Muslim worshippers must not be the target of terrorist attacks, condemning vigorously the recent acts of terror in Afghanistan.