ISLAMABAD – Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has reached Turkey where he will represent Pakistan at the special summit of Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) today (Wednesday) regarding US move to accept Al-Quds Al-Sharif (Jerusalem) as the capital of Israel.
The prime minister was flanked by Foreign Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif and Chief Minister Punjab Shehbaz Sharif and other officials.
Senior Turkish officials received Pakistan delegation at the airport.
Turkey has called the session in order to devise the future strategy regarding the US President Donald Trump’s controversial decision on Jerusalem.
Last week, the US recognised the holy city of Jerusalem as the capital of the illegal state of Israel.
“I have determined that it is time to officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel,” the president said during a speech in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House, ordering the State Department to move the US Embassy in Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
Trump added, “Jerusalem is not just the heart of three great religions, but it is now also the heart of one of the most successful democracies in the world.”
A firestorm erupted in the Muslim world after the Trump’s decision. Pakistan also strongly condemned the move of the US.
PM House in a statement said that it is “deeply regrettable that pleas from states across the globe not to alter the legal and historical status of Al-Quds Al-Sharif have been ignored, more out of choice than necessity.”