PM Abbasi arrives in Istanbul to attend OIC summit on Jerusalem

Dec 13, 2017, 05:11
PM Abbasi arrives in Istanbul to attend OIC summit on Jerusalem

Turkey is now the president of the 57-member organization that includes Muslim countries on four continents, and Erdogan is scheduled to address both the opening and closing sessions of Wednesday's summit, taking advantage of the gathering to cast himself in the role of the Muslim defender of Jerusalem.

Later, the OIC delegation heads including Najib are scheduled to make statements followed by the adoption of the Draft Final Communique of the extraordinary Islamic Summit conference on the US administration's recognition of the occupied City of Al-Quds Ash-Sharif as the so-called capital of Israel, the Occupying Power and decision to transfer the US Embassy to Al-Quds.

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Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi will attend the extraordinary Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Summit on Al-Quds Al-Sharif being held in Turkey on December 13.

Erdoğan's Spokesperson Ibrahim Kalın says the Turkish President has called on OIC member states to come together to display joint action and coordination among Muslim countries. Leaders from countries including Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Iran, Pakistan, Malaysia, Tunisia and Indonesia, among others, are expected to attend the Istanbul summit on Wednesday.

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The president will deliver a speech at the emergency meeting on the holy city of al-Quds (Jerusalem), he added in his tweet.

The prime minister will lead the Pakistani delegation in the session summoned to devise the future strategy in wake of the United States move regarding Jerusalem. He further expressed hope that "the summit will lead to a clear plan of action, forcing the USA administration to abandon its position and abide by resolutions...which consider east Jerusalem as an integral part of the Palestinian territories occupied [by Israel] in 1967". Thereafter, al-Maliki stated, on behalf of the PA leader, that "Jerusalem is and will remain the eternal Palestinian capital [despite any attempts] to assassinate its identity or falsify its history". Under worldwide law, the area is considered to be occupied territory.

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He reiterated his country's support for the Palestinians until they establish their "full state with Jerusalem as its capital".

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