Ulema can help end Afghan conflict, says Indonesian President Widodo

Idonesian presidentPESHAWAR: The Indonesian president has suggested the formation of a three-nation committee of religious scholars to promote peace and reconciliation in Afghanistan.

Currently on an official visit to Islamabad, Joko Widodo floated the proposal at a meeting with his Pakistani counterpart Mamnoon Hussain in Islamabad on Friday night.

He said Islamic scholars from Indonesia, Afghanistan and Pakistan could promote a peaceful settlement of the conflict — a proposal endorsed by President Hussain.

Peace in Afghanistan was necessary for regional development and progress, President Hussain said, believing Indonesia could play a positive role in the Afghan peace process.

Widodo also addressed a joint sitting of the Pakistani parliament, calling for political stability and security to ensure regional economic progress.

He stressed a negotiated end to armed conflicts that took a heavy toll on women and children and stymied economic stability and prosperity in the region.

By S. Mudassir Ali Shah

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