Erdoğan meets Palestine's Abbas with Jerusalem high on agenda

Violet Powell
December 13, 2017

The OIC leaders will also explore ways to deal with the situation.

The OIC has officially agreed on the United Nations' two-state solution as the only viable way to resolve the Israel-Palestine conflict.

In addition, some 25 foreign ministers, including from Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, Morocco and Kazakhstan, are expected to attend.

Leaders and high-ranking officials of Muslim countries will meet Wednesday in Istanbul for an extraordinary summit to discuss "repercussions" from the USA recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

Senior Turkish officials welcomed the prime minister and the Pakistani delegation upon arrival.

The Sudanese presidency last Wednesday said that President al-Bashir had received a telephone call from President Erdogan who invited him to the extraordinary Islamic summit over the holy city.

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Russia's TASS news agency reported on Tuesday that Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has already arrived in Istanbul for meetings with Erdogan before the summit.

Trump officially declared Quds Israel's capital, despite warnings from around the world that the measure risks triggering a fresh wave of violence in the Middle East.

"He (Trump) wanted to show he is helpful to the Zionists and the Israelis".

Malaysia affirms commitment and "unwavering support" for the Palestinian people in their pursuit to attain their "legitimate and inalienable rights" for an independent State of Palestine based on pre-1967 borders, with East Jerusalem as capital.

Among the "possible decision that the OIC could take", the paper wrote, are declaring that Trump's decision is "null and void", and taking urgent "initiatives to halt its implementation".

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