Bangladesh president leaves for Istanbul to join special OIC summit


That does not seem like a very inviting attitude to take when Turkey is having a little trouble rounding up top-shelf attendees for the summit called by Erdogan, who is now president of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation.

Pakistan strongly condemned US President Donald Trump's move to recognize Jerusalem as the Israeli capital, voicing its concern "over the implications of this decision for global peace and security, especially in the Middle East", according to a Foreign Office statement.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will use a special meeting of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation in Istanbul on Wednesday to discuss the American recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital, as a way to better position himself domestically and in the Muslim world, a senior Israeli diplomatic official said on Tuesday.

He will deliver a speech at the summit and will hold meetings on the sidelines.

"We are waiting for the OIC to take a decision that matches the anger of the nations", Haniyeh said, pointing out that the expected decision is "to reject the USA recognition".

He also hailed Iran's positive measures for regional peace and stability and said Britain deems the U.S. plan to move its embassy from Tel Aviv to Quds inappropriate.

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. He further expressed hope that "the summit will lead to a clear plan of action, forcing the USA administration to abandon its position and abide by resolutions...which consider east Jerusalem as an integral part of the Palestinian territories occupied [by Israel] in 1967".

In advance of the conference, Qatari Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ahmed bin Saeed al-Rumaihi hailed the occasion as a moment "to reaffirm the rejection of Washington's decision about Jerusalem, which is contrary to global law...[and an opportunity] for Islamic states to defend their central cause".

Jerusalem remains at the heart of the Israel-Palestine conflict, with Palestinians hoping that East Jerusalem - occupied by Israel since 1967 - might eventually serve as the capital of a Palestinian state.