Abbas meets Erdogan before OIC emergency summit to discuss Jerusalem

Lucy Bush
December 13, 2017

Abbas is accompanied by Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates Riad al-Malki, Presidential Spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeina, member of Fatah Central Committee Hussein al-Sheikh, and the Ambassador of the State of Palestine to Turkey Fayed Mustafa among others.

Ankara has warned that it could break off diplomatic ties with Israel should President Trump go forward with relocating the American Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

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Mustafa called for a renewed declaration of east Jerusalem as the capital of a future Palestinian state and urged Muslim leaders to take bold, concrete measures to ensure the Palestinians' voice is heard.

The president is expected to reach Istanbul early Tuesday while he is set to return home next day, he added.

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The paper included the following as among the possible "initiatives": ending joint political military and economic projects with Israel; calling on all member states to cut their economic and political ties with Israel; calling for the OIC countries to withdraw their ambassadors from the U.S. for "consultations"; freezing or ending relations with countries that "accept Israel's occupation of Jerusalem"; declaring that the USA should no longer be considered an interlocutor in the Mideast peace process; closing airspace to Israeli aircraft; and ending intelligence cooperation with both the U.S. and Israel. Alakaili added, however, that most of the countries attending would not boycott the US or start a diplomatic war against it as they do not have the leverage to do so.

Malaysia affirms commitment and "unwavering support" for the Palestinian people in their pursuit to attain their "legitimate and inalienable rights" for an independent State of Palestine based on pre-1967 borders, with East Jerusalem as capital. Fallout of the U.S. decision, as was expected, has already started showing its violent impact as on Sunday about 157 armless Palestinian people were injured in clashes with the Israeli forces in the occupied West Bank, Jerusalem and Gaza.

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Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh has called for "a new Intifada [popular uprising]" and described the White House proclamation as a "declaration of war" against Palestinians.

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