13 December, 2017
The OIC leaders will also explore ways to deal with the situation.
When US President Donald Trump conveyed his support and instructed the US Embassy to be moved to Jerusalem, it triggered a new conflict and uproar among the Muslims, which could jeopardise the long-standing peace plan without reaching any solution. The United Nations and numerous states have warned the US decision would escalate tensions.
The Summit will be preceded by the Council of Foreign Ministers Meeting, which will be attended by Foreign Minister, Khawaja Muhammad Asif.
Ankara has warned that it could break off diplomatic ties with Israel should President Trump go forward with relocating the American Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.More news: Clemson, Alabama matchup a 'home run' for Allstate Sugar Bowl
Turkey is now the president of the 57-member organization that includes Muslim countries on four continents, and Erdogan is scheduled to address both the opening and closing sessions of Wednesday's summit, taking advantage of the gathering to cast himself in the role of the Muslim defender of Jerusalem.
The worldwide community does not recognize the Israeli annexation of East Jerusalem, a holy site for three religions, and believes its status should be determined based on an agreement with the Palestinians, who seek to create their own state with the capital in the Holy City.
The president will deliver a speech at the emergency meeting on the holy city of al-Quds (Jerusalem), he added in his tweet.
This will be followed by the adoption of the Istanbul Declaration. Thereafter, al-Maliki stated, on behalf of the PA leader, that "Jerusalem is and will remain the eternal Palestinian capital [despite any attempts] to assassinate its identity or falsify its history". "But it is within our capacity to speak about the future of Jerusalem, not Trump", al-Husayni told the Turkish English-language daily. Indeed Erdogan has come in the fore as a champion of the Palestinian cause and spearheaded the Muslim reaction to the USA decision by convening the OIC meeting in Istanbul to formulate a joint plan of action.