Gaza killings: Turkey invites Pakistan to extraordinary OIC summit

08:57 PM | 15 May, 2018
Gaza killings: Turkey invites Pakistan to extraordinary OIC summit
ANKARA/ISLAMABAD - 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.

The meeting will take place on May 18, government spokesman and Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag announced.

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"Islamic countries should without fail review their relations with Israel," Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim told his ruling party in parliament.

"The Islamic world should move as one, with one voice, against this massacre," he added.

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During a telephonic call, the Turkish leader extended invitation to Pakistan’s Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi for participation in the extraordinary session of the OIC.

PM Yildirim condemned actions taken by occupying forces and reiterated Pakistan's solidarity and support for the peaceful struggle of the people of Palestine for their homeland.

Thanking Turkey for its timely initiative, PM Abbasi confirmed his participation in the extraordinary OIC session.

Serving as the OIC president, Turkey convened in December 2017 the countries of the organization to coordinate a response to the transfer of the American embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, in violation of the United Nations resolutions on the status of the city.

The summit declared East Jerusalem - which the international community regards as annexed by Israel - "as the capital of the State of Palestine" and urged the world to follow suit.

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East Jerusalem is considered occupied Palestinian territory under international law.

The Organization for Islamic Cooperation is the second largest intergovernmental platform in the world, following the United Nations, and has 57 member states in four continents. Its objective is to safeguard the interests of the Muslim world by promoting peace and international harmony among different peoples of the world.