Turkey urges Muslim nations to stand with Palestinians
ISTANBUL â" Turkey has called on Muslim nations to stand with Palestinians and to work to stop countries joining the United States in relocating their Israeli embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
Speaking Friday to his counterparts from Muslim nations, Turkeyâs Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said the âillegalâ U.S. decision encouraged Israel to âmassacre innocent Palestinians in cold blood.â
Turkey, which currently holds the rotating presidency of the organization, called an extraordinary summit of the 57-member Organization of Islamic Cooperation, or OIC, after Israeli forces killed dozens of people in Gaza earlier this week.
Addressing the morning session of the OIC in Istanbul, Cavusoglu said âwe must prevent other countries from following the U.S. example.â
The minister said the OIC in its final declaration of the summit late Friday would emphasize the impo rtance of the Palestinian cause and âtogether shout out that we will not allow the historic status of this holy city be changed.â
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Jordanian King Abdullah II and the Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah are expected to speak later Friday. Iranian President Hasan Rouhani is to attend the summit.
Cavusoglu also said âprecautionsâ must be taken within the grouping after some nations voted against, abstained or did not show up at a United Nations vote in December. Some 128 countries overwhelmingly supported the U.N. motion against Washingtonâs decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israelâs capital.
Despite that, Cavusoglu said âthe U.S. administration did not give up on ignoring the basic principles of international law or the will of the international community.â
Turkey has taken a leading role in condemning Israeli actions in Gaza, which has led to a diplomatic spat with both countries expelling senior di plomats this week.Source: Google News