After the decision by the President of the USA recognizing Al-Quds as the so-called capital of Israel, upon the invitation of the President of the Republic of Turkey HE Mr. Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, the Chair of the Islamic Summit, Extraordinary Session of the OIC Islamic Summit Conference has been organized in Istanbul on December 13th 2017. In the Conference, which was attended by the Presidents, prime ministers and relevant ministers from of the OIC countries, decision by the President of the USA was strongly rejected and condemned.

In the Final Communique adopted by the Conference, the decision was considered as an attack on the historical, legal, natural and national rights of the Palestinian people and it is stressed that the decision will seriously undermine the peace efforts in the region. Moreover, East Jerusalem has been declared as the capital of the State of Palestine and all countries have been invited to recognize the State of Palestine and East Jerusalem as its occupied capital.

In addition to political issues, the Communique emphasized several economic measures. The Member States and relevant OIC bodies are called upon to support Palestinian economy by providing all forms of economic, social, technical and material support. The Conference also requested Islamic Development Bank to support economic and social development endeavors in Quds Al-Sharif and other occupied territories through “Islamic Solidarity Fund for Development” by prioritizing Palestine’s projects and formulating special and flexible mechanisms and procedures for them.

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