Jerusalem Saga: Why Some Arab Leaders Avoided OIC Meeting


"A Turkish Airlines flight, carrying the president and his entourage, left Hazrat Shahjalal (R) International Airport at about 10:35pm to join the special OIC summit in Istanbul", president's Press Secretary M Joynal Abedin told BSS.

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.

"Under the current scenario we should consider a number of options".

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Previously, the Iranian Foreign Ministry condemned US President Donald Trump's decision that has been widely criticized by the global community, saying that it violated the United Nations resolutions.

He said Pakistan called upon the UNSC to play its role as envisaged under the UN Charter as its credibility would be questioned if it did not live up to its primary role in maintaining worldwide peace and security. "Diplomatically, if the UN Security Council is unable to respond, we should garner support in the UN General Assembly".

Senior Turkish officials welcomed the prime minister and the Pakistani delegation upon arrival.

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During the meeting, the two leaders discussed issues of mutual interest during the meeting.

The people and Government of Pakistan have noted with grave concern the reported move by the United States to shift its embassy to the occupied City of Al-Quds Al-Sharif, thereby altering the legal and historical status of the city. Moreover, the prime minister said, another reason for the situation the Muslim world found itself was that "We are not writing enough, producing enough".

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