'Brothers united for Jerusalem': Shehbaz meets Turkish, Palestinian leaders at OIC summit


The OIC rejected and condemned "in the strongest terms the unilateral decision by the president of the United States of America in recognizing Jerusalem al-Quds as the so-called capital of Israel, the occupying power".

" Such a move undermines all efforts towards finding a comprehensive, just and durable solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict".

"The Islamic Republic of Iran, while supporting inalienable rights of Palestinian people, announced that supporting the resolution endorsed at the meeting of Islamic countries' foreign ministers and the final declaration of OIC extraordinary summit of in Istanbul on the issue of al-Quds does not in any way constitute recognition of the usurper Zionist regime by Tehran", he underlined. It also raised fears of more bloodshed. As Erdoğan stressed in his closing speech, this historical stance shown by the Muslim world had massive psychological and symbolic value as it demonstrated to the courageous Palestinians resisting Israeli aggression that al-Quds had not been abandoned.

In regards to the bilateral meeting with Jordan's King Abdullah II at the tail end of the summit, Najib said that the ruler stressed that Muslims must be wise in tackling the issue. We have witnessed violence and unrest as a result.

Palestinian President Mahmood Abbas in his address called the decision of Trump a "flagrant violation of global law". Abbasi said a sovereign homeland for the Palestinian people with Al-Quds Al-Sharif as its capital remained the only road map for the Muslim Ummah and the OIC. "We fear that this is a situation waiting to explode as tensions continue to escalate in the region", he said.

'Brothers united for Jerusalem': Shehbaz meets Turkish, Palestinian leaders at OIC summit
'Brothers united for Jerusalem': Shehbaz meets Turkish, Palestinian leaders at OIC summit

Trump's announcement last week prompted an outpouring of anger in the Muslim and Arab world, where tens of thousands of people took to the streets to denounce Israel and show solidarity with the Palestinians. "We must be reminded that Al-Quds Al-Sharif is sacred to Muslims and is also a place of great religious significance for other faiths", he said.

Leaders and top officials of the world's Islamic nations are coming together in Turkey to try and forge a united stance against President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Najib said these holy sites reminded all that the city should be a place of peace where worshippers from different faiths can congregate and pray and "we should therefore do all we can to preserve peace in the city and ensure access for worshippers of all faiths".

He renewed the categorical rejection of the U.S. decision, which represents a violation to the political and legal status of the city of Al- Quds, stressing that the Sudan stands in favor of the rights of the Palestinian people.

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