Gaza killings: Turkey invites Pakistan to extraordinary OIC summit

Remigio Civitarese
Mag 16, 2018

Turkey on Tuesday urged Islamic countries to review their ties with Israel and said it would call an extraordinary summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) after the illegal state forces massacred dozens of Palestinians during protests in Gaza on Monday.

Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali and Prime Minister's Security Affairs Adviser Maj Gen (retd) Tarique Ahmed Siddique will join the summit, a senior official at the Foreign Ministry told UNB on Wednesday.

He added that all members of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) were invited.

Since the Gaza rallies kicked off on March 30, scores of Palestinian demonstrators have been killed - and thousands injured - by Israeli troops deployed along the other side of the border.

Bangladesh also expressed its dismay as the United States' shifted its Embassy to Jerusalem.

Erdoğan's phone call with Indonesian President Joko Widodo, Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani and Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir came after at least 62 Palestinian demonstrators were martyred and hundreds injured by cross-border Israeli gunfire on Monday.

Serving as the OIC term president, Turkey had initiated an extraordinary summit in Istanbul in December 2017 in a bid to protest the U.S. decision to move its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem in violation of the relevant United Nations Security Council resolutions.

The OIC Secretary General also stressed the need for the worldwide community to play its role towards finding a political solution to the Palestine issue in accordance with global law, resolutions of world bodies and the Arab Peace Initiative.

The summit declared East Jerusalem - which the global community regards as annexed by Israel - "as the capital of the State of Palestine" and urged the world to follow suit. Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas announced a three-day mourning.

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