Ilham Aliyev taking part in OIC emergency summit on Jerusalem

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He asked the participants that if UN Security Council is unable to act, the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) should call for UN General Assembly emergency session.

The Prime Minister was accompanied by Foreign Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif, Chief Minister Punjab Mian Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif and other high officials.

The Organization of Islamic Cooperation's (OIC) Istanbul declaration was not "retaliation" for the US decision recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital, Turkey's presidential spokesman said Thursday.

The prime minister and his delegation, upon arrival at Istanbul International Airport, were received by senior officials of Turkish government, Ambassador of Pakistan to Turkey Syrus Sajjad Qazi while senior embassy officials were also present.

The presidency of the Palestinian Authority expressed itself in the context in which United States president Donald Trump must decide in a short notice whether the Us government is ready to move the country's embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

The Extraordinary Summit is convened at the request of the Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in his capacity as the Chair of the 13th Islamic Summit, following the announcement by the United States of America (US) on Dec 6 to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

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The summit under the motto "Unified Action in Solidarity with Al-Quds" brings together heads of state and government from around 50 countries.

The summiteers called on the OIC member states to impose political and economic restrictions on States, officials, parliaments, companies and individuals recognizing Israeli annexation of Al-Quds Al-Sharif, or engaging in any form with measures aimed at perpetuating Israeli colonization of the occupied Palestinian territories.

A statement from the Prime Minister Office had stated 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".

Such a step would constitute a clear violation of worldwide law and UN Security Council resolutions particularly UNSCR 478 of 1980.

" We must work together as Muslim brothers, and with the global community, to ensure that the status of Al-Quds Al-Sharif is negotiated within the framework of a two-state solution".

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