Organization of the Islamic Conference gathers in Istanbul for Jerusalem

Organization of the Islamic Conference gathers in Istanbul for Jerusalem

President Abdul Hamid left Dhaka for Istanbul to join Organization of Islamic Cooperation's (OIC) special summit convened on December 13 over the unilateral United States recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital sparking protests across the Muslim world.

Indeed Erdogan has come in the fore as a champion of the Palestinian cause and spearheaded the Muslim reaction to the U.S. decision by convening the OIC meeting in Istanbul to formulate a joint plan of action.

The same strong reaction came from him even before President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital describing the status of the city, whose eastern sector Palestinians see as the capital of their future state, as a red line for Muslims. It has 57 member countries and is headquartered in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Most OIC-member states are expected to attend.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu told private broadcaster NTV on November 12 that some Arab countries have failed to sufficiently repudiate Washington's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's undivided capital because U.S. President Donald Trump "scares them".

President Rouhani is slated to leave Tehran for the Turkish city of Istanbul on Tuesday evening to take part in the OIC summit, Vice-President for Communication and Information Affairs Parviz Ismaili said on his Twitter account on Sunday.

"It seems that some Arab countries refrain from challenging Trump", Çavuşoğlu said.

He will seek a united stance on the issue of Jerusalem also known as Al-Quds Al-Sharif and call upon the US Administration to review its decision.

Israel has occupied East Quds since the 1967 Middle East war.

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