Turkey: World Must Recognize East Jerusalem as Palestine’s Capital

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Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, right, watches as Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, left, gestures as he talks during the closing news conference following the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation’s Extraordinary Summit in Istanbul, Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017. Muslim nations of the 57-member Organisation of Islamic Cooperation are rejecting U.S. President Donald Trump’s declaration of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)

December 13, 2017
OAN Newsroom

Muslim nations are pushing for world leaders to recognize east Jerusalem as the capital of Palestine.

Diplomats from 57 Muslim countries met in Turkey for an emergency Islamic summit on Wednesday.

Discussions focused on unifying a response to several nations considering recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

This comes after President Trump officially recognized the holy city, and the Czech Republic followed suit.

However, Turkey’s foreign minister claims its imperative for Muslim nations to come together on this issue.

“We must encourage other countries to recognize the Palestinian state on the basis of its 1967 borders with East Jerusalem as its capital,” announced Melut Cavusoglu, Turkey’s foreign minister. “At this point another crucial subject is to ensure the unity and cooperation of our Palestinian brothers.”

He said the organization would push for Israel to pull out of territories it claimed in the 1967 war.

Qatar’s Emir, Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani, left and Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani, right, pose with other leaders of Islamic nations during a photo-op prior to the opening session of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation Extraordinary Summit in Istanbul, Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017. (Arif Hudaverdi Yaman/Pool Photo via AP)