Presidential spokesman: Istanbul to host OIC emergency meeting

6 December 2017 17:00 (UTC+04:00)

By  Trend

An emergency meeting of representatives of the member-states of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) will be held in Istanbul, Turkey December 13, the Turkish media cited Ibrahim Kalin, spokesman for the Turkish president, as saying on December 6.

“The purpose of the meeting is to discuss the US intention to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel,” he said.

He added that the US intention is contrary to the international law.

Kalin said that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan discussed the US intention with the leaders of a number of Muslim countries.

“The US must give up this intention as Jerusalem is a "red line" for all Muslims in the world,” Kalin added.

 

Recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel may lead to interreligious clashes, Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said earlier.

On Dec. 5, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that Turkey can break off diplomatic relations with Israel in case the US recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Previously, President Donald Trump proclaimed that the US intends to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

During his presidential campaign, Trump promised to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. In January, it was reported that the sides started negotiations on this issue.

Israel proclaimed Jerusalem its capital after the end of the War of Independence in 1949. In 1967, after the Six Day War, it seized East Jerusalem and united it with the West Jerusalem, but the UN did not recognize this. Embassies of countries that have diplomatic relations with Israel are located mainly in Tel Aviv, Herzliya and Ramat Gan.

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