International condemnation over Terrorist attack on Abha International Airport


The General Secretariat of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) condemns the series of bomb blasts, targeted killings and a surge of violence in Afghanistan in the past few days causing a number of casualties, including civilians and law enforcement personnel.

OIC Secretary General Dr. Yousef bin Ahmed Al-Othaimeen expressed his sincere condolences to the families of the victims and the government and people of Afghanistan, wishing the wounded speedy recovery.

The Secretary General called for an urgent cessation of violence, urged all parties to concentrate on peace efforts and to contribute towards achieving success at the inter-Afghan peace talks. “Dialogue, rather than resorting to violence, is the only way forward towards reaching comprehensive reconciliation and lasting peace in Afghanistan within the framework of an Afghan-led and owned peace process”, Dr. Al-Othaimeen stressed.

The Secretary General further reiterated OIC’s support for Afghanistan in its efforts for peace, security and development, underscoring the expression of solidarity to Afghanistan by the OIC Council of Foreign Ministers at their recent session held in Niamey, Republic of Niger in November 2020.

Meanwhile, the Palestinian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates condemned today the terrorist attack on Abha Airport in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

In a statement, the Ministry affirmed the State of Palestine’s stand with the government and people of Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in their response to these terrorist acts that threaten the security and stability of the region, expressing confidence in the Kingdom’s ability to confront and defeat these terrorist attacks.

Moreover, the Arab Parliament has condemned the cowardly terrorist attack by the Iranian-backed terrorist Houthi militia on Abha International Airport.

In a statement issued today, Arab Parliament Speaker Adel bin Abdulrahman Al-Asoumi indicated that this cowardly terrorist attack confirms the terrorist nature of this militia, and its commission of war crimes due to its constant targeting of civilians and its threat to travelers.

He called for urgent and immediate action by the international community to hold this terrorist militia and the Iranian regime, that supports and finances it, accountable for its crimes and its permanent violation of international law and international humanitarian law.

Al-Asoumi reiterated the solidarity and standing of the Arab Parliament with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, reaffirming its full support for the Kingdom in all measures it takes to defend its territories and preserve its security and the safety of its citizens and residents.