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.
During a telephonic call, the Turkish leader extended invitation to Pakistan's Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi for participation in the extraordinary session of the OIC.
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.
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Thanking Turkey for its timely initiative, PM Abbasi confirmed his participation in the extraordinary OIC session.
"On 14 May 2018, the US Administration unlawfully opened its Embassy in Jerusalem, in clear violation of global law and legitimacy and in clear contempt to worldwide community position regarding Jerusalem".
Serving as the OIC president, Turkey convened in December 2017 the countries of the organization to coordinate a response to the transfer of the American embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, in violation of the United Nations resolutions on the status of the city. "The OIC condemned "in the strongest terms" the illegal U.S. decision", the middleeastmonitor.com has reported.
The OIC said it considers this action as an attack on the historical, legal, natural and national rights of the Palestinian people, which undermines the standing of the United Nations and rule of global law and thus represents an affront to worldwide peace and security; as expressed at the Extraordinary OIC Islamic Summit held in Istanbul on December 13, 2017, and also by the global community at the UN General Assembly held on December21, 2017.
Turkey has responded to the violence by asking the Israeli ambassador to leave the country, while also recalling its ambassadors to the US and Israel "for consultations".