Muslim leaders to convene extraordinary summit for Jerusalem

The summit convened following the United States announcement to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Sudanese President Omer al-Bashir will head to Istanbul Tuesday to take part in an urgent meeting of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) over Jerusalem.

Abbas is accompanied by Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates Riad al-Malki, Presidential Spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeina, member of Fatah Central Committee Hussein al-Sheikh, and the Ambassador of the State of Palestine to Turkey Fayed Mustafa among others.

He stressed that Iran would hold back on efforts to reach a successful Islamic summit and get pro-Palestinian and Jerusalem resolutions.

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He also hailed Iran's positive measures for regional peace and stability and said Britain deems the U.S. plan to move its embassy from Tel Aviv to Quds inappropriate. 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".

In advance of the conference, Qatari Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ahmed bin Saeed al-Rumaihi hailed the occasion as a moment "to reaffirm the rejection of Washington's decision about Jerusalem, which is contrary to worldwide law...[and an opportunity] for Islamic states to defend their central cause".

Malaysia affirms commitment and "unwavering support" for the Palestinian people in their pursuit to attain their "legitimate and inalienable rights" for an independent State of Palestine based on pre-1967 borders, with East Jerusalem as capital.

"He (Trump) wanted to show he is helpful to the Zionists and the Israelis".

  • Megan Austin