Pak PM to attend OIC Summit on Jerusalem in Turkey

12 Dec 2017

Pakistan Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi will attend the extraordinary Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Summit on the issue of Jerusalem in the Turkish capital this week, the Foreign Office said today. The summit to be held on December 13 in Istanbul will be preceded by the council of Foreign Ministers' meeting which will be attended by Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif, it added. "The Extraordinary Summit has been called by the President of Turkey in his capacity as the Chair of the OIC Summit. Most OIC Member States are expected to attend," the Foreign Office said. It said the summit will discuss President Donald Trump's recent decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and shift the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
The OIC (formerly Organisation of the Islamic Conference) is the second largest inter-governmental organisation after the UN which has membership of 57 Muslim countries. The OIC leaders will also explore ways to deal with the situation, the FO added. Prime Minister Abbasi will convey the sentiments of the people and Government of Pakistan of the unequivocal support to the people of Palestine. He will seek a united stance on the issue of Jerusalem also known as Al-Quds Al-Sharif and call upon the US Administration to review its decision. (PTI)