Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro was among the attendees of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation’s (OIC) extraordinary summit held in Istanbul on Wednesday upon Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s call following U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision on Jerusalem.
Maduro, who is in Istanbul for another meeting, attended the summit as a special observer. Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza and Minister of Communication Jorge Rodriguez were also present at the extraordinary summit.
On Monday Maduro stated that Trump’s declaration was “illegal, absolutely illegal.” He went on to say that it was a provocation and a declaration of war against the Arabs, Muslims and the good people of the world.
Istanbul summit to call for recognition of East Jerusalem
Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) member states are expected to call on the world to recognize East Jerusalem as Palestine's capital during Wednesday’s Istanbul summit.According to an official source, the 57-member OIC is expected to call for international recognition of East Jerusalem as Palestine's capital in a final communique.During an address to OIC members, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan also called on the world to recognize the holy city as Palestine's capital.OIC member countries will be expecting a positive response from the international community over Jerusalem, which was last week recognized as Israel's capital by the U.S. President Donald Trump.Palestinians expect 'concrete steps' from OIC summitJerusalem remains at the core of the Israel-Palestine conflict, with Palestinians hoping that East Jerusalem -- currently occupied by Israel -- will eventually become the capital of a Palestinian state.The OIC is the second-largest inter-governmental body after the United Nations and 57 member states spread over four continents.It was established during a historic summit in Rabat, Morocco in 1969 following an arson attack on the Al-Aqsa Mosque in occupied Jerusalem.Erdoğan calls on all countries to recognize Jerusalem as capital of PalestineAl-Aqsa was set fire by an Australian Christian called Michael Denis Rohan on Aug. 21, 1969. The shrine and a 1,000-year-old pulpit were totally destroyed as well as several historical sites.Rohan had joined a U.S.-based sect called “The Church of God” and believed that setting fire to Al-Aqsa would hasten the coming of the Messiah.He was later declared mentally unstable and is reported to have died in psychiatric care in 1995.Iran's Rouhani says Trump's Jerusalem decision shows US not an honest mediatorPalestinian president says Trump's 'crime' over Jerusalem prevents US peace roleExtraordinary decisions should be taken at the OIC summit
He stated that his role in the summit was to evaluate “anything to do with the solidarity with the people of Palestine” who face “the aggression of the imperialist [U.S.] government.”
President Trump last week formally recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and initiated a plan to move the U.S.’s Israel embassy from Tel Aviv to the holy city. “Today we finally acknowledge the obvious: that Jerusalem is Israel’s capital,” he said at the White House.
Turkey invited leaders of over 50 Muslim nations to Wednesday's meeting in Istanbul to formulate a joint response to Trump's decision.
Venezuela boosting ties with Turkey
President Erdoğan had received his Venezuelan counterpart on Oct. 6 in Ankara, and five agreements were signed between the two countries.
"We want to open a new era in relations between Venezuela and Turkey," Maduro said in a joint statement with Erdoğan. “We want to sketch out a new era for the world. A multi-polar world where everyone can find their place,” he added.
Turkey, Venezuela sign five agreements to boost relations
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his Venezuelan counterpart Nicolas Maduro delivered a joint press conference following meetings on Friday.“Five agreements were signed. We also evaluated the steps that could be taken in the areas of energy and trade during our negotiations,” Erdoğan said.Video: Erdoğan greets Maduro at Presidential Palace“We will mark the 60th anniversary of our diplomatic ties on Dec. 24. Unfortunately, in those 60 years, we lacked in developing a cultural, humanistic rapprochement and a common vision. We want to initiate a new era in relations between Turkey and Venezuela,” Maduro added. Maduro marked the failed July 15 coup attempt perpetrated by the Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETÖ).“We saw the damage caused by the July 15 coup attempt,” said Maduro, referring to the destruction produced by putschists on the Turkish parliament. Galeri: Venezuela’s Maduro visits Turkish parliamentTurkey, Venezuela eye to further improve bilateral tiesErdoğan welcomes Venezuela’s Maduro to Presidential PalaceVenezuelan president visits Turkish parliament
Iran's Rouhani says Trump's Jerusalem decision shows US not an honest mediator
U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital shows that the United States lacks any respect for the legitimate rights of the Palestinian nation, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani tweeted on Wednesday.Rouhani, who attended an emergency meeting of Muslim leaders in Turkey's Istanbul city on Wednesday, also said on his Twitter account that the move showed that the U.S. was not "an honest mediator and will never be", adding that Washington only wanted to "secure the interests of the Zionists".Palestine president rules out US role in peace processErdoğan calls on all countries to recognize Jerusalem as capital of PalestineExtraordinary decisions should be taken at the OIC summit
Erdoğan calls on all countries to recognize Jerusalem as capital of Palestine
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan called on world powers to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Palestine on Wednesday and said the United States should reverse a decision recognizing the city as Israel's capital in his opening speech at the Organization of Islamic Cooperation’s (OIC) extraordinary summit hosted in Istanbul.“We have gathered here today to evaluate the abuse of Jerusalem, Islam’s first kiblah. Any person who wonders the streets of this holy city will understand that it is under occupation. Global and regional peace cannot be achieved until the Palestine matter is justly resolved,” Erdoğan said.“At a press conference last week, Trump said it was time to officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. The U.S. leader also told the Foreign Ministry that he had ordered preparations to begin for the embassy in Tel Aviv to be moved to Jerusalem. The decision received a global reaction, and the United Nations Security Council, Arab League and OIC decided to hold extraordinary meetings. The U.S.’s Jerusalem decision is a heavy blow on humanity,” he added.Video: Erdoğan calls on all countries to recognize Jerusalem as Palestine's capitalTurkey has invited leaders of over 50 Muslim nations to Wednesday's meeting in Istanbul to formulate a joint response to Trump's decision.In his opening speech, Erdoğan said that UN resolutions ensured that “no nation can establish a diplomatic mission in Jerusalem.”He told the OIC that the U.S. decision on Jerusalem was “null and void,” and called Israel an “occupying and terror state.”“The U.S. decision on Jerusalem rewards Israel’s acts of terror. We recognize Jerusalem as the capital of occupied Palestine and call on the entire world to do the same. Jerusalem is the red line for Muslims,” Erdoğan said, praising countries which have refused to recognize the U.S. move and adding that the incorporation of Palestine in international accords should be accelerated.“Trump’s decision on Jerusalem is a threat to all humanity. Israel has been rewarded by Trump for its acts of terror. Israel tortured unarmed civilians. The U.S. should turn back from this unlawful and provocative decision,” Erdoğan said.Galeri: Extraordinary Summit of the OIC in IstanbulTurkey says OIC must push E.Jerusalem as Palestine's capital