LAST_UPDATEFri, 22 Jun 2018 11pm

OIC Extraordinary Summit Starts With Erdogan's Remarks

ISTANBUL – The Extraordinary Islamic Summit of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) here Wednesday, following the announcement by the United States on Dec 6 to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, began with opening remarks by the President of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

The remarks will be followed by speeches from Palestine President Mahmoud Abbas, King Abdullah II of Jordan and OIC Secretary-General Dr Yousef Ahmad Al-Othaimeen.

Later, the heads of delegation including Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak will give their statement.

The Extraordinary Summit  held at Lutfi Kirdar International Convention and Exhibition Centre is convened at the request of Erdogan, in his capacity as chair of the 13th Islamic Summit, to discuss the repercussions of the US recognition.

At the end of the day, the summit will adopt the Draft Final Communique of the Extraordinary Islamic Summit and later the Istanbul Declaration as part of the effort to protect Jerusalem.

The Summit has been preceded by a Senior Officials Meeting on Tuesday where Malaysia's delegation was led by the Foreign Ministry’s deputy secretary-general (Multilateral Affairs), Datuk Ho May Yong.

Earlier this morning, there was a Meeting of the Council of Foreign Ministers, with Malaysia represented by its Foreign Minister, Datuk Seri Anifah Aman

The Summit will review developments and discuss the implications following the announcement by the US Administration to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and relocate its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Malaysia’s participation at the Summit is an affirmation of its commitment and unwavering support for the Palestinian people in their pursuit to attain their legitimate and inalienable rights for an independent State of Palestine based on the pre-1967 borders, with East Jerusalem as its capital.