Pak PM to attend OIC Summit on in Turkey

  • Pak PM to attend OIC Summit on in Turkey

Pak PM to attend OIC Summit on in Turkey

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has invited leaders of Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) member states to convene for an extraordinary leaders' summit in Istanbul over the issue of Jerusalem al-Quds.

According to the official, Erdogan is following a pattern of behavior he used in 2010 following the MV Mavi Marmara protest ship incident, in which he rode his confrontational approach to Israel to a position of great popularity in the Arab and Muslim world.

The premier is accompanied by Foreign Minister Khwaja Asif, Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif and other officials.

That does not seem like a very inviting attitude to take when Turkey is having a little trouble rounding up top-shelf attendees for the summit called by Erdogan, who is now president of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation.

The summit will discuss the recent decision by the US Administration to shift the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Needless to say the OIC is meeting at the most hard times and it needs to chalk out a firm action while rising above mere passage of condemnation resolutions.

Jerusalem remains at the heart of the Israel-Palestine conflict, with Palestinians hoping that East Jerusalem - occupied by Israel since 1967 - might eventually serve as the capital of a Palestinian state. With only one day to go, Cavusoglu admitted several of the 57 OIC nations have not indicated who they will send, prominently including Saudi Arabia. He has also vowed to urge the OIC to cut ties with Israel. Several countries had still not said who they would send to Istanbul. "Some Arab countries have shown very weak responses", Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said. "It seems some countries are very timid of the USA".

"If we don't defend Jerusalem today, when will we defend it?" he asked. "We want the United States to turn back from its mistake". It insists that Jerusalem is the "eternal and indivisible" capital of Israel.