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Ghani off to Turkey to attend OIC summit on Palestine

Ghani off to Turkey to attend OIC summit on Palestine

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May 18, 2018 - 14:00

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani on Friday left Kabul for Turkey to attend extra-ordinary summit of the Orgnaisation of Islamic Countries (OIC), presidential spokesman wrote on his social media account.

“President @AshrafGhani left for Istanbul, Turkey today to attend the extraordinary summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on Palestine,” Haroon Chakhansouri wrote on his twitter.

The extra-ordinary meeting of the OIC would focus on Jerusalem in which President Ghani would represent Afghanistaninfo-icon, he said.

The Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) convene extraordinary summit in Istanbul on May 18 to show solidarity with the Palestinian people and to denounce the relocation of the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem, as well as the Israeli attacks that killed over 60 civilians in protests on May 14, Turkish media said.

According to Turkish Daily, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, as the rotating chairman of the 57-member body, will host leaders and senior officials from Muslim-majority countries, aiming to issue a strong statement that they will “never abandon Jerusalem to the state of Israel.”

“The summit will focus on the stances and steps to be taken by Islamic countries to defend Palestine and Jerusalem in cooperation and solidarity with the State of Palestine and its people,” İbrahim Kalın, chief foreign policy advisor of President Erdoğan, said in a written statement on May 17.

“The Israeli occupation and the Palestinian issue are not only issues that concern Muslim countries, but everyone who believes in justice and law. Steps to be taken to mobilize the international community for ending the ongoing cruelty in Palestine will be addressed at the summit,” Kalın added.

The OIC summit will begin with a morning session in which foreign ministers from the OIC will attend to discuss recent developments after the relocation of the US embassy to Jerusalem as well as the actions to be taken by the Islamic worldinfo-icon. The ministers will also draft a declaration to be revealed by the leaders of the OIC later on May 18.

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