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OIC extraordinary summit on Palestine in Istanbul Friday

Sun Online Desk     18th May, 2018 12:23:23 printer

OIC extraordinary summit on Palestine in Istanbul Friday

An extraordinary summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) will be held in Istanbul on Friday to discuss the latest developments in the State of Palestine.


The summit of the OIC, which comprises 57 member nations, will be held at the invitation of Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, the chairman of the 13th session of the Islamic Summit Conference.


Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali and Prime Minister's Security Affairs Adviser Maj Gen (retd) Tarique Ahmed Siddique will join the summit, a senior official at the Foreign Ministry told.


The summit is likely to adopt a Communique on the massacre of the Peaceful Palestinian civilian protestors by the Israeli forces as well as on the official opening of the US Embassy in Jerusalem in defiance of international law, UN Security Council and General Assembly Resolutions, says a diplomatic source.


The US administration "unlawfully" opened its embassy in Jerusalem, said the OIC on Monday terming it a "clear violation" of international law and legitimacy and in clear contempt of international community's position regarding Jerusalem.


"The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) strongly rejects and condemns in the strongest terms this illegal decision by the US administration," said the OIC in a statement.


Bangladesh also has strongly condemned the use of deadly force by the Israeli authorities against unarmed Palestinians which left scores of Palestinian civilians dead and several thousand injured.


While expressing deep condolences and sympathies for the Palestinians, Bangladesh called on the international community to put pressure on Israel to stop the atrocities immediately.


Bangladesh also expressed its dismay as the United States' shifted its Embassy to Jerusalem.


Bangladesh stressed preserving the legal status of Jerusalem as an international city within the framework of relevant UN resolutions.


"Bangladesh reaffirms its position in favour of establishing the State of Palestine on the basis of two-state solution and on the pre- 1967 borders with East Jerusalem as its capital," said the Foreign Ministry here in a statement.


Turkey strongly condemned the US for opening the embassy in Jerusalem and Israel for "committing a massacre" against the Palestinian protestors.


The Israeli occupation army killed 61 Palestinians on Monday, including a baby girl, and injured nearly 3,000 during a protest in the Gaza Strip against the transfer of the US Embassy to the occupied city of Jerusalem.