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OIC declares East Jerusalem as capital of Palestine

OIC declares East Jerusalem as capital of Palestine

Dec 14, 2017 - 09:20

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The 57-nation Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on Wednesday declared East Jerusalem as the capital of Palestine, urging the global fraternity to follow in its footsteps.

An extraordinary summit in Ankara, attended by heads of state and government including President Ashraf Ghani, the OIC rejected the US stance as dangerous, according to Al-Jazeera TV.

Last week, President Donald Trump declared Jerusalem as Israel's capital, but the Muslim leaders called on all countries to "recognise the State of Palestine and East Jerusalem as its occupied capital".

While renewing its commitment to just and comprehensive peace based on the two-state solution, the OIC called on the UN to end the Israeli occupation of Palestine and declared Trump's administration liable for "all the consequences of not retracting from this illegal decision".

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan denounced Israel as a "state of terror" and said America’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel had been snubbed by the international community.

"It is null and void … except Israel, no country in the worldinfo-icon has supported [this decision]," he said, adding: "Anyone who walks a few minutes in the streets of Jerusalem will recognise this city is under occupation."

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas announced that his government “will not accept or allow the US government to play a role in mediating a peace deal”.

The final communiqué said it rejected and condemned "in the strongest terms the unilateral decision by the President of the United States recognising Al-Quds [Jerusalem] as the so-called capital of Israel, the occupying power."

PANinfo-icon Monitor/mud



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