Islamic Cooperation declares East Jerusalem as Palestine’s capital

The Istanbul Declaration follows Wednesday's extraordinary summit of the 57-member Organization of Islamic Cooperation
Wednesday, 13 December 2017 19:15

The 57-member Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) condemned U.S. President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel on Wednesday and called on the world to respond by recognising East Jerusalem as the capital of Palestine.

"We declare East Jerusalem as the capital of the State of Palestine and invite all countries to recognize the State of Palestine and East Jerusalem as its occupied capital," read the final communiqué released after the OIC Summit in İstanbul, hosted by Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, the current OIC term president.

The 23-article so-called İstanbul Declaration expressed full solidarity with Palestine and "rejected and condemned in the strongest terms the unilateral decision by the President of the United States America recognizing Al-Quds as the so-called capital of Israel."

"From now on, it is out of the question for the biased United States to be a mediator between Israel and Palestine, that period is over. We need to discuss who will be a mediator from now on. This needs to be tackled in the UN too" Erdoğan said at the end of the meeting.