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Muslim leaders call for unified stance on Jerusalem issue at Turkey summit

Dec 14, 2017 20:03 IST
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Leaders and top officials of the world’s Islamic nations gathered in Turkey on Wednesday for a summit that is expected to forge a unified stance against US President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. The summit of the 57-member Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) could also offer the Muslim world’s strongest response yet to Washington’s move. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, Jordanian King Abdullah II and top ministers of numerous nations were attending the gathering in Istanbul. Turkey, the summit host, has sharply criticised what it described as weak Arab response so far on the issue of contested Jerusalem.