OIC Declares East Jerusalem as the Capital of Palestine

OIC Summit 2017 Photo:OIC
OIC Summit 2017 Photo:OIC

The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has declared East Jerusalem as the Capital of Palestine.

The OIC leaders met in Istanbul in an ‘Extraordinary’ summit convened by the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan after the U.S. President Donald Trump declared Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

“I have determined that it is time to officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. While previous presidents have made this a major campaign promise, they failed to deliver. Today, I am delivering,” President Trump said in his address to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

“We finally acknowledge the obvious: that Jerusalem is Israel’s capital. This is nothing more, or less, than a recognition of reality. It is also the right thing to do. It’s something that has to be done.”

The U.S. President also declared to relocate the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. He said, “I have also determined that the United States will relocate our Embassy to Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.”

President Trump’s declaration sparked a massive outcry in the Muslim countries from Islamabad to Morocco. The international community, except Israel, widely condemned President Trump’s unilateral move.

The French President Emmanuel Macron said “On Jerusalem, France disagrees with the decision of the United States. France supports the solution of two States, Israel and Palestine, living in peace and security, with Jerusalem as the capital of two States. We focus on appeasement and dialogue.”

The British Prime Minister Theresa May said, “The British embassy to Israel is based in Tel Aviv and we have no plans to move it. Our position on the status of Jerusalem is clear and longstanding: it should be determined in a negotiated settlement between the Israelis and the Palestinians, and Jerusalem should ultimately be the shared capital of the Israeli and Palestinian states.”

The EU Foreign Policy chief Federica Mogherini after a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said, “There is full EU unity on this, that the only realistic solution to the conflict between Israel and Palestine is based on two states with Jerusalem as the capital of both the state of Israel and the state of Palestine. The EU and member states will continue to respect the international consensus on Jerusalem until the final status of the holy city is resolved, through direct negotiations between the parties.”

In the ongoing ‘extraordinary’ OIC summit, the organization has labeled the U.S. President’s move as ‘dangerous’ and urged the international community to follow the OIC lead to “recognize the State of Palestine and East Jerusalem as its occupied capital.”

 “The OIC calls again on those states that have not as yet recognized the State of Palestine to do so promptly such as to consolidate the foundations of the Two-State solution, for justice and international legitimacy to prevail,” OIC Secretary-General Yousef Al-Othaimeen said in his address in the OIC summit.

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