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Muslim leaders to discuss al-Quds at OIC emergency summit in Turkey

The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) is set to convene an emergency summit in the Turkish city of Istanbul to discuss a coordinated response to US recognition of al-Quds as Zionist regime’s “capital.”

Representatives from 57 OIC members, including 30 heads of state, will attend the summit later on Wednesday.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas, Jordanian King Abdullah II and Lebanese President Michel Aoun are among the participants. The level of Saudi representation, however, is still unclear.

Earlier this month, US President Donald Trump announced that the US was recognizing al-Quds as Israel’s “capital” and tasked the State Department with making preparations for the relocation of Washington’s embassy from Tel Aviv to the occupied Palestinian city.

The dramatic shift in Washington’s al-Quds policy drew fierce criticism from the international community, including the United States’ Western allies, and triggered demonstrations against the US and Israel worldwide.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who assumes the rotating presidency of the OIC summit, said earlier that Washington is a “partner to bloodshed” and violence that may spark in the Middle East region, stressing that the “struggle” of Muslims would not end until there was an independent Palestinian state.

Erdogan has also described Zionist regime as a “terrorist entity,” “killer of children” and an “oppressive and occupation” regime.

The Turkish leader said the OIC summit in Istanbul would convey the message that Washington should swiftly reverse its decision.