OIC condemns Israel's aggression on Gaza

Elias Hubbard
May 16, 2018

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan Wednesday spoke with the leaders of a number of countries, including Germany, Iran, Indonesia, Qatar and Sudan and urged the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) member countries to develop a "common stance" on the Gaza killings. The two countries along with the global community will seek to increase pressure on Israel and USA by using OIC's platform to ensure a peaceful future.

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

East Jerusalem is considered occupied Palestinian territory under worldwide law.

Since the Gaza rallies kicked off on March 30, scores of Palestinian demonstrators have been killed - and thousands injured - by Israeli troops deployed along the other side of the border.

"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.

Erdoğan's phone call with Indonesian President Joko Widodo, Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani and Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir came after at least 62 Palestinian demonstrators were martyred and hundreds injured by cross-border Israeli gunfire on Monday.

Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildrim telephoned Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and extended invitation for participation in the Extraordinary Session of the OIC on May 18.

He stressed that Turkey, as before, will support Palestine.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi announced that May 18 would be marked as solidarity day with Palestinian Muslims at an official level just to show their Palestinian brothers that Pakistan as a nation stands with them in this time of trial.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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