OIC to send team of scholars for dialogue with Islamic Emirate

KABUL (TOLONews): The Organization of the Islamic Cooperation is to send a team of scholars to Afghanistan for dialogue on women’s education and work. Speaking on the first day of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation’s meeting in Mauritania, the Secretary General Hissein Brahim Taha said that the OIC will continue its efforts and dialogue with the concerned authorities in Afghanistan and in coordination with the International Islamic Fiqh Academy (IIFA), and will send an expanded team of scholars to Afghanistan for dialogue on aspects related to Islam’s position on women’s education and work. The 49th meeting of the OCI was held on March 16- 17 in Mauritania, where the representatives of more than 40 countries participated. The Islamic Emirate said that the issue of female education takes time but it is trying to solve it as soon as possible.
“We are trying to solve our problems in education and employment in terms of women’s issues. Efforts are underway but it takes time. The issue will be solved soon,” said Zabiullah Mujahdi, Islamic Emirate’s Spokesman.
Speaking at the same meeting, Pakistan Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari urged the international community to continue engagement with Afghanistan.
“Despite the challenges, the international community must continue engagement with Afghanistan’s interim government, maintain humanitarian assistance, revive the Afghan economy, release Afghanistan’s national assets and support the implementation of the shovel-ready connectivity projects,” he said.
“We are emphasizing peace and stability in Afghanistan and ask the caretaker government to engage with different factions in this country,” said Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud, Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister. This comes as the delegation of the UAE that arrived in Afghanistan discussed the issue of female educations with the Islamic Emirate’s officials.
According to a statement of the Interior Ministry, acting Minister Sirajuddin Haqqani told the delegation that the ban on female education is not permanent and that the Islamic Emirate is committed to providing Sharia rights for the whole nation. It has been nearly two-years since the Islamic Emirate came to power, but the fate of female students in grade 7-12 have yet to be determined.