The Chief Executive, in the meeting with the Ulema: Cooperation and Consultation of the Ulama Will Have an Impact on Improving the Situation

Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, Chief Executive of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, in a meeting with a number of Ulema and clergymen, said that coordination and cooperation of the Ulema with the government will strengthen the regime and improve the situation.

First, the Ulema condemned the recent suicide and explosive attacks in the capital and other provinces and called these attacks regretful.

Then, the Ulema and the mosques’ preachers expressed their support for the National Unity Government as well as security forces and said they would cooperate with the government in order to achieve peace and reconciliation with the armed groups and end the war in Afghanistan.

They argued that compromise is a Qur'anic principle that no one opposed with, and on the basis of which the Ulema are struggling to play an active and prominent role in the peace process and negotiate with the Taliban, and they are currently consulting on the method.

They also reminded that they are trying to reach a comprehensive plan for peace, in agreement with other Ulemas of the country, to advance the peace process with the Taliban and other insurgent groups and share it with the leadership of the government.

The Ulema said that according to the new law, the graduates of religious schools are not included in the judicial institutions, so they asked the Chief Executive to pay attention to it. Also, they asked that salaries of the approved positions for the Ulema would be permanent and the building mosques should also be increased.

According to them, it’s 10 years that the teachers of religious schools receive salaries from the Ministry of Education, but so far they have not included in the promotion yet.

Dr. Abdullah praised the Ulema’s support from the government, the Afghan security forces and the Afghan people and said that the government needs constant consultations with the Ulema to improve the situation.

The Chief Executive stated, “We are responsible for meeting the problems, expectations and needs of the Ulema.” Dr. Abdullah promised that the issues of the approved positions and other suggestions would be resolved.

The Chief Executive said he would discuss the problem of promotion of religious schools’ teachers in a meeting with the Ministries of Hajj and Endowments, Higher Education, Education and Ulema’s' representatives.

Dr. Abdullah said the Ulema should prepare a comprehensive plan for building mosques and share it with the government to be included in the next year's budget. At the end, the Chief Executive welcomed the efforts and role of the Ulema in the peace process and the reconciliation process with the Taliban and other armed opposition groups.