Turkey criticizes Arab states' 'weakness' ahead of Istanbul summit on Jerusalem


Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has arrived in Turkey to attend the extraordinary summit of Organization of Islamic Cooperation on Al-Quds (Jerusalem) being held on Wednesday.

The objective of the extraordinary head of states and government meeting is to coordinate a response to the recognition by U.S. President Donald Trump of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

He reiterated his country's support for the Palestinians until they establish their "full state with Jerusalem as its capital". Leaders from countries including Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Iran, Pakistan, Malaysia, Tunisia and Indonesia, among others, are expected to attend the Istanbul summit on Wednesday.

The summit will start with Erdogan's speech followed by OIC secretary-general Dr Yousef Ahmad Al-Othaimeen and Palestine President Mahmoud Abbas.

Speaking in Istanbul on Sunday 10 December President Erdogan said he explained to the OIC leaders that the US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital violates the global law, diplomacy and humanity.

The prime minister will lead the Pakistani delegation in the session summoned to devise the future strategy in wake of the U.S. move regarding Jerusalem.

Israel has occupied East Quds since the 1967 Middle East war.

Meanwhile, Adnan al-Husayni, the Jerusalem governor of the Palestinian Authority, has suggested that the OIC should declare Jerusalem as the capital of the state of Palestine in response to Trump's action. Meanwhile, the Palestinians want to make the eastern part the capital city of their own state.

Meanwhile, tens of thousands of people continued to demonstrate against the American move in the U.S., Europe and the Middle East.

Protests in Gaza and the West Bank have turned violent.