Bangladesh president leaves for Istanbul to join special OIC summit


Sudanese President Omer al-Bashir will head to Istanbul Tuesday to take part in an urgent meeting of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) over Jerusalem.

According to the official, Erdogan is following a pattern of behavior he used in 2010 following the MV Mavi Marmara protest ship incident, in which he rode his confrontational approach to Israel to a position of great popularity in the Arab and Muslim world.

Foreign Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif and Chief Minister Punjab Shehbaz Sharif are also accompanying the prime minister on the trip, said in a press release by the PM Office.

The special summit has been called by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in his capacity as the chair of the OIC summit. Needless to say the OIC is meeting at the most hard times and it needs to chalk out a firm action while rising above mere passage of condemnation resolutions.

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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.

The status of Jerusalem is one of the key problems in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. Egypt and the United Arab Emirates will send foreign ministers, while Saudi Arabia had yet to say how it would participate. Erdogan has already warned of cutting ties with Israel. "It seems some countries are very timid of the United States". It insists that Jerusalem is the "eternal and indivisible" capital of Israel.

Al-Husainy made it clear that Tel Aviv and Trump must retract their decisions and the extraordinary OIC summit will not only be a beacon of hope for the Palestinians, but also to all Muslims and the world community.

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