PM Abbasi arrives in Turkey to attend OIC summit on Jerusalem

PM Abbasi arrives in Turkey to attend OIC summit on Jerusalem

The extraordinary summit has been called by the President of Turkey in his capacity as the Chair of the OIC summit.

The Palestinian Authority is hoping the OIC will recognize Jerusalem as the capital of "Palestine" to counter President Trump's decision to recognize it as the capital of Israel.

Pakistan's delegation is headed by Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, with several of his top officials in tow. Needless to say the OIC is meeting at the most hard times and it needs to chalk out a firm action while rising above mere passage of condemnation resolutions.

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 instructed the Department of State to start preparations for moving the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

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Sulaiman Alakaili, a Saudi Political Analyst, explained to The Media Line that the OIC summit "will focus on enhancing the Palestinian and Arab presence in the holy city of Jerusalem", although he also stressed that it was too early to predict any outcomes.

Malaysia's participation at the summit reflects the country's commitment and unwavering support for the Palestinians 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 its capital.

On Wednesday 6 December, immediately after Trump made public his decision on Jerusalem, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan who is also the head of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation called for an extraordinary meeting on 13 December to take a unified reaction to this development.

Several European leaders have warned the USA shift Trump's announcement declaring USA support could further destabilise the region.

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