Headed by the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) the international organisation founded in 1969, consisting of 57 member states, will convene today in Istanbul. It is an extraordinary summit that Erdogan called due to the latest developments in Gaza and the killings of Palestinians by Israeli fire. Participants will discuss their next steps in the post-U.S. embassy move -from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem- period, in practice recognising it as Israel’s capital.
Turkish media report that OIC members are expected to impose sanctions against countries which supported the U.S. move and/or are considering to do the same. According to the same sources, the statement they will issue and publish once the OIC meeting is over, will read that they recognise East Jerusalem as the official, under occupation capital of Palestine, they will ask for the immediate intervention of the U.N. as well as to be put an end to the Israeli occupation and to establish a Palestinian state in accordance to the decisions made in 1967. No matter the leaks, it is possible that not all members of the OIC will agree to the aforementioned points.
Among those who will attend Friday’s Istanbul summit will be the Iranian President, the Jordanian king Abdullah II, the Emir of Kuwait, the Afghan President, the President of Mauritania, Pakistan’s head, the Emir of Qatar, the Azeri President and his counterpart of Sudan…. / IBNA