President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani has welcomed the announcement by the religious scholars including the Imam of the Grand Mosque in Mecca, during the Ulemas conference in Saudi Arabia, for calling the ongoing war in Afghanistan ‘Fitna’ or intrigue.

“On behalf of Afghanistan I would like to extend my sincere thanks and gratitude to the Ulema gathered at the OIC Afghan Ulema Conference in Saudi Arabia. I welcome the Ulema’s decision that the war in Afghanistan is a “fitna” and has lost its legitimacy,” President Ghani said in a statement.

He also added “I also thank the leadership of Saudi Arabia and the rest of the Islamic world to provide unwavering support to bring peace and stability in Afghanistan.”

This comes as the Imam of the Grand Mosque in Mecca said Tuesday that the ongoing war in Afghanistan is a ‘Fitna’ as he called for an immediate end to the ongoing violence.

Insisting the faith and peace are interrelated, the Imam of the Grand Mosque in Mecca said the ongoing situation in Afghanistan is not tolerable anymore.

In the meantime, the Afghan High Peace Council Secretariat Chief, Mohamamd Akram Khpalwak, said the international conference of the religious scholars is a historic achievement.

Khpalwak further added that the high peace council of Afghanistan fully supports the decisions of the conference, hoping that the declarations will help the peace process in Afghanistan.

He also hailed the support to the Afghan peace process by the Saudi Imams, Saudi Kingdom, Organization of the Islamic Cooperation, and the Islamic World.

Khpalwak said he is hopeful that the conference will pave the way for the revival of Afghan-led peace process.

According to Khpalwak, the clear stance of the Islamic world and the religious scholars for calling the Afghan war as illegitimate will have a positive impact on peace process in Afghanistan.