With the participation of Iraq .. an emergency Islamic summit today to respond to Trump's decision[/rtl]
[rtl]Date of release: 2017/12/13 8:44 • 218 times read[/rtl]
The leaders of a number of member states of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) meet in Turkey to coordinate a response to US President Donald Rumsfeld's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
Turkey was one of the biggest critics of Trump's decision. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called Israel a "terrorist state" and criticized the United States, saying that "its hands are stained with blood."
Erdogan called on the leaders of the OIC countries to take a unified position on Jerusalem during their meeting later in the day.
The Turkish foreign minister blamed Arab countries for their "weak and shy" response to the United States.
The Trump Declaration last week sparked widespread anger in Arab and Muslim countries, with tens of thousands taking part in solidarity demonstrations with the Palestinians.
Protests erupted in the Palestinian territories against the US decision, which led to clashes between Palestinians and Israeli police, and Israel launched air strikes on the Gaza Strip, after the firing of rockets from the Gaza Strip.
Four Palestinians were killed and dozens wounded in the clashes and air raids.
Turkish officials said 30 Islamic leaders had confirmed their participation in the Istanbul summit, including Iranian President Hassan Rowhani, Jordanian King Abdullah II and Lebanese President Michel Aoun, according to Agence France-Presse.
Iraq is also participating in the summit represented by Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari.
The meeting will be attended by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.
However, the level of representation of Saudi Arabia, which will have a significant impact on the wording of the final communiqué of the Conference, is unknown.
Arab states have condemned Trump's decision but have not announced any action in response.
At an emergency meeting, Arab League foreign ministers called on Washington to rescind its decision on Jerusalem and urged the international community to recognize the Palestinian state.
The status of Jerusalem is the most sensitive issue in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Israel sees the entire city as its capital, while the Palestinians want East Jerusalem as the capital of their future state.
Erdogan is seeking support from outside the Muslim countries, saying that the Russian president, who met in Ankara, shares his opinion on the issue, accusing Israel of continuing to "pour oil on fire."
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