Gaza killings: Turkey invites Pakistan to extraordinary OIC summit

Evarado Alatorre
May 16, 2018

The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) will hold an emergency meeting in Istanbul, regarding Palestine, the OIC told Trend on May 15.

Serving as the OIC term president, Turkey had initiated an extraordinary summit in Istanbul in December 2017 in a bid to protest the USA decision to move its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem in violation of the relevant United Nations Security Council resolutions.

Erdogan's call came against a backdrop of increasing instability on the Israel-Gaza border, as a result of raw violence from the Israeli side against Palestinian protesters; victims of Israeli gunfire are over 60 in the past 2 days.

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The OIC Secretary General also stressed the need for the worldwide community to play its role towards finding a political solution to the Palestine issue in accordance with global law, resolutions of world bodies and the Arab Peace Initiative.

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"On 14 May 2018, the US Administration unlawfully opened its Embassy in Jerusalem, in clear violation of global law and legitimacy and in clear contempt to worldwide community position regarding Jerusalem".

Pakistan and Turkey, at the time of American embassy's inauguration in Jerusalem, have agreed to raise the matter of Palestinians' killings due to Israeli aggression at the United Nations and all global forums. "The OIC condemned "in the strongest terms" the illegal United States decision", the middleeastmonitor.com has reported.

East Jerusalem is considered occupied Palestinian territory under worldwide law.

Turkey has responded to the violence by asking the Israeli ambassador to leave the country, while also recalling its ambassadors to the USA and Israel "for consultations".

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