OIC declares East Jerusalem as Palestinian capital

An extraordinary summit of Islamic nations in Istanbul recognised East Jerusalem as the capital of Palestinian state and urged the international community to follow suit, Anadolu Agency reports.

In a communique approved at the end of summit on Wednesday, the 57-member Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) rejected US President Donald Trump’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and urged the world to recognise East Jerusalem as the occupied capital of the Palestinian state.

OIC said it would take the Jerusalem issue to the UN General Assembly if the Security Council fails to take action against Trump’s decision.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas told the summit that the US will have no role in Middle East peace process in the future as it is biased in favour of Israel.

He demanded a new mechanism under the UN to achieve a Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital.

Abbas described Trump’s decision on Jerusalem as the greatest crime and a violation of international law.
He urged Muslims not to leave the holy city as Israel wants them to.

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said in his speech that the Istanbul summit showed Jerusalem had not been abandoned.

Jerusalem is a red line for Muslims and Trump’s recent move is of no value, he said.

He invited all countries to recognise Jerusalem as the occupied capital of Palestine. Such a step is necessary to maintain a balance that will ensure good sense and justice in the region, he said.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said the US is seeking to maximize Zionist interests and neglecting legitimate demands of Palestinians.

Iran is ready to cooperate without preconditions with all Islamic countries to defend Jerusalem, he said.