PM Shahid Khaqan, CM Shahbaz Sharif to leave for Turkey to attend OIC conference on Jerusalem

PM Shahid Khaqan, CM Shahbaz Sharif to leave for Turkey to attend OIC conference on Jerusalem

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi along with CM Shahbaz Sharif will leave for Turkey to join the OIC conference on Jerusalem. The Organization of the Islamic Cooperation (OIC) will hold an extraordinary summit in Istanbul, Turkey on Wednesday (December 13) to discuss the repercussions of the recognition by the United States of Al-Quds as a capital of Israel.

The Council of Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the member states will also hold an extraordinary meeting on the same morning to discuss the move in a unified and coordinated manner, said a press release received here.

The meeting would discuss the developments affecting the occupied city of Al-Quds and its historical, legal and political status.

The OIC had expressed its regret over the US President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israeli capital, which constituted a provocation of Muslims’ sentiments.

It rejected the decision as a violation of the political, legal and historical status of the city of Jerusalem, a clear defiance of international laws and resolutions, a departure from the international consensus on the status of
Al-Quds Al-Sharif, and the requirements of peace in general.

The Muslim world body also insisted that the decision did not only threaten the Arab and Islamic identity of Al-Quds, but also the Christian identity of the city, stressing Muslims’ eternal attachment to Al-Aqsa Mosque and
the centrality of the cause of Al-Quds to the Islamic ummah.

The OIC reaffirmed its firm stance towards Al-Quds, considered as an integral part of the Palestinian territory occupied in 1967. It also stressed that this illegal decision will not give legitimacy to the Israeli occupation and will
not change the reality of the city, nor its history and identity.