Organisation of Islamic Cooperation calls on US to revoke Jerusalem decision

Organisation of Islamic Conference summit in Istanbul

The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has called on the United States to revoke its decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

At a conference in Istanbul attended by Muslim leaders from around the world, the OIC said the decision was a clear desertion by the US administration of its role as peace broker. The summit also said the decision was a gift to Israel for its continuous renouncement of agreements.

The final communique of the Istanbul summit also recognised East Jerusalem as the capital of Palestine and called on the international community to do the same.

A call was also made for OIC Member States to impose political and economic restrictions on states, officials, parliaments, companies and individuals recognising the Israeli annexation of Al-Quds Al-Sharif, or engaging in any form with measures aimed at perpetuating Israeli colonisation of the occupied Palestinian territories.

The communiqué called on international actors to promote a multilateral political process, to resume an internationally-sponsored, credible process to achieve lasting peace based on the two-state solution.

Speaking at the Summit, OIC Secretary General Dr Yousef Al-Othaimeen stated that the Extraordinary Summit bears significance because of the centrality of Palestine and Al Quds for the entire Muslim Ummah.

He further said the OIC uncompromisingly rejects the US move as an act which constitutes a clear violation of international law, deals a heavy blow to international relations and runs counter to the spirit of the UN Charter and relevant UN resolutions. By taking this move, Al-Othaimeen added, the US are breaking the international consensus regarding the political, legal and historical status of Al-Quds Al-Sharif.

The Organisation called on the Arab and Muslim world to join efforts, regionally and worldwide, to harness all the diplomatic means available to counter such measures and face up to the US unilateral decision.

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