OIC Calls Extraordinary Summit on Trump's Jerusalem Move

US President Donald Trump announces the United States recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and will move its embassy there during an address from the White House in Washington on Dec. 6, 2017. (Reuters Photo/Kevin Lamarque)

By : Telly Nathalia | on 9:02 AM December 08, 2017
Category : News, International, News, Foreign Affairs

Jakarta. The Organization of Islamic Cooperation, or OIC, said it "deeply regrets" US President Donald Trump's announcement to formally recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital and his intention to move the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem accordingly, and called for an extraordinary summit to be attended by the leaders of its member states, it said on Thursday (07/11) in a statement.

The OIC said Trump's announcement "constitutes a provocation of Muslims' sentiments."

The OIC rejected the US move and said it is a violation of the political, legal and historical status of Jerusalem, known in the Arab world as Al-Quds Al-Sharif.

The organization of 57 member countries, including Indonesia, said it stands by its stance that Jerusalem is an integral part of Palestinian territory that has been occupied by Israel since the Six Day War in 1967.

"The need for urgent action forces us to call for an extraordinary summit of the leaders of the OIC Member States in Istanbul on Dec. 12-13 to discuss the repercussions of the US move and formulate a unified Islamic position on this serious escalation," it stated.

Indonesian President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has said he will attend the OIC meeting in Istanbul next week. He had also delivered a scathing rebuke of Trump's statement live on television and called on the OIC and the United Nations to hold emergency meetings in response to it.

Indonesia, the world’s largest Muslim-majority country, has always supported Palestinian independence.

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