OIC Rejects Jerusalem As Israel’s Capital

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MECCA — The 57-member Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on Saturday slammed the US decision to transfer its embassy to Jerusalem and recognise the disputed city as Israel’s capital.

The Saudi-hosted summit condemned the “transfer of embassies of the United States and Guatemala to Jerusalem” and urged all members to “boycott” countries that have opened diplomatic missions in the city, a statement said.

The statement comes as US President Donald Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner prepares to roll out economic aspects of his long-awaited Middle East peace plan at a conference in Bahrain later this month.

The plan, dubbed by Trump as the “deal of the century”, has already been rejected by the Palestinians, who say Trump’s policies have shown him to be blatantly biased in favour of Israel.

Palestinians have cut off all contacts with the Trump administration after the president broke with decades of bipartisan policy to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel in December 2017.

Israel insists the whole of Jerusalem is its “eternal, indivisible capital”. The Palestinians demand the city’s eastern sector as the capital of their long-promised state.

The statement released by the Foreign Office spokesperson, reiterated “the conference’s principled support for the legitimate right to self determination of the people of Jammu and Kashmir in accordance with UN resolutions”.

The final communique of the conference, while referring to the UN Kashmir report of 2018, called for an “expedited establishment of a UN Commission of Inquiry to investigate the grave human rights violations” in Kashmir. It urged India to allow the Commission and other international organisations access to Indian-occupied Kashmir.

According to the statement, the conference approved Yousef Aldobeay of Saudi Arabia as OIC’s special envoy for Jammu and Kashmir, signifying its continued attention and focus on the Kashmir issue.

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