Ilham Aliyev taking part in OIC emergency summit on Jerusalem

Frederick Owens
December 15, 2017

For his part, Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas said: "We shall not accept any role for the United States in the peace process" because "They've proven their full bias in favor of Israel".

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

An extraordinary summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on the issue of Jerusalem has kicked off in Istanbul at the initiative of Turkey, the current chair of the organization.

"Recognition of Al-Quds Al-Sharif as the capital of Israel is akin to adding fuel to what is already a combustible situation".

He will stress upon the OIC for a united stance on the issue of Al-Quds Al-Sharif and call upon the U.S. administration to review its decision. We have witnessed violence and unrest as a result.

"We, as Muslims and Muslim business people, stood against this atrocity and we will continue to stand against it", he said.

For OIC Secretary General Yousef Al-Othaimeen, the USA administration's unilateral decision is an utter aggression on the city's sacred identity and Arab character.

Ilham Aliyev taking part in OIC emergency summit on Jerusalem

" Our collective voice can not be ignored, and neither should the chorus of negative reaction from the wider global community", he said.

The people and Government of Pakistan are unequivocally opposed to the reported plan of shifting the US Embassy to Al-Quds Al-Sharif.

"We are happy. The OIC declaration is welcome but now it should be endorsed by other countries", he said.

However, the United Nations does not recognize the annexation of East Jerusalem, while foreign embassies are being established in Jerusalem as we speak.

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".

It is to mention here that Pakistan has called upon the United States to refrain from any move that altered the legal and historical status as well as character of Al-Quds, urging U.S. to fully comply with all applicable UN Security Council resolutions including UNSCR 478.

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