QATARI EMIR TO ATTEND ISTANBUL O.I.C. SUMMIT ON JERUSALEM ISSUE

DOHA, Qatar- Qatari Emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, plans to visit Turkey, to attend an emergency Islamic summit, to discuss the Jerusalem issue.

The Qatari leader was invited by Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who called for the emergency summit of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), in Istanbul, on Wednesday (tomorrow), to discuss the U.S. recognisation of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

Meanwhile, the Qatari Foreign Ministry, expressed in a news release, its strong indignation at Israel’s hostility to Palestinian protesters, during protests against the U.S. move.

U.S. President, Donald Trump, announced that the U.S. recognises Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and ordered to move the U.S. embassy in Israel to the disputed holy city.

The move has enraged Palestinians and the Islamic world, as Jerusalem is revered as the third holiest site in Islam. The Palestinians want East Jerusalem to be the capital of a future independent Palestinian state.

Israel took over East Jerusalem in the 1967 war and declared the whole city as its eternal capital in 1980, a move never recognised by the international community.

Violent clashes have erupted in the past few days, between Israeli security forces and Palestinian protesters, in the Palestinian territories of Gaza and the West Bank. At least two Palestinians have been killed and a large number of others were wounded in the clashes.

Earlier, Qatari Foreign Minister, Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani, stated that, the Arab and Islamic world are facing a “dangerous development” after Trump’s move on Jerusalem.

The OIC is the second largest inter-governmental organisation, after the United Nations, with a membership of 57 states spread over four continents.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK