Muslim nations grouped under Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), have declared East Jerusalem as the capital of the State of Palestine.
The IOC consequently striped the America’s President, Donald Trump the role of a peacemaker in the region.
In a draft declaration prepared for the summit of the Muslim leaders in Istanbul, Turkey on Wednesday, the leaders said they considered Washington’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel as a sign of U.S. withdrawal from its role as a sponsor of Middle East peace.
The draft statement said leaders, ministers and officials from more than 50 Muslim countries “declare East Jerusalem as the capital of the State of Palestine, and invite all countries to recognize the State of Palestine and East Jerusalem as its occupied capital.”
It described the U.S. decision as “a deliberate undermining of all peace efforts, an impetus (for) extremism and terrorism, and a threat to international peace and security”.
Wednesday’s summit was hosted by Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan who has bitterly criticized the United States, a NATO ally, for its stance on Jerusalem.
President Donald Trump had on December 6, recognized city of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, a decision that stirred mixed reaction among world leaders and Islamic leaders.