PM arrives in Turkey for OIC summit on Trump's Jerusalem move

Heads of state and government of about 26 Islamic countries were expected to attend the extraordinary summit and would also explore ways to deal with the situation.

World powers have already said the USA move will impede peace efforts in the decades-long Israeli-Palestinian conflict as anger spreads across the region. The United Nations and numerous states have warned the US decision would escalate tensions.

On Tuesday, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu criticized some Arab countries for "refraining from challenging Trump", noting that the Islamic summit is seeking recognition of the State of Palestine with East Jerusalem as its capital.

Talks were focused on Washington's decision to move the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

The special summit has been called by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in his capacity as the chair of the OIC summit.

Meanwhile, Adnan al-Husayni, the Jerusalem governor of the Palestinian Authority, has suggested that the OIC should declare Jerusalem as the capital of the state of Palestine in response to Trump's action.

Muslims across the world have observed Friday as a day of protest against the United States' decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital, defying the UN resolutions against the move and stepping back from the two-state solution of the conflict.

He was quoted by the Hürriyet Daily News on Saturday as saying that such a declaration could have a very strong impact on a political level.

The governor had vowed that the intifada would continue until positive steps are taken.

Among the "possible decision that the OIC could take", the paper wrote, are declaring that Trump's decision is "null and void", and taking urgent "initiatives to halt its implementation".

  • Tracy Klein