PM Abbasi for taking Jerusalem issue to UN General Assembly

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PM Abbasi

ISTANBUL: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has proposed that if the United Nations Security Council does not solve the issue surrounding Jerusalem being made the capital of Israel then the matter should be taken to the UN General Assembly.
He was addressing extraordinary summit of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on Wednesday.
The prime minister also suggested that the OIC could also put economic pressure to reduce influence of Israeli occupying forces in Jerusalem.
He said that the advisory opinion of International Court of Justice could be sought on the current move.
While opening the summit, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan slammed Israel as a state defined by “occupation” and “terror”.
“Israel is a state of occupation. Besides this, Israel is a state of terror,” Erdogan told leaders from the OIC gathered for an emergency meeting in Istanbul.
The Turkish president urged the world to recognise occupied East Jerusalem as the “capital of Palestine” in response to the recognition of the city by US President Donald Trump as Israel’s capital.
“With this decision, Israel was rewarded for all the terrorist activities it has carried out. It is Trump who bestowed this award even,” he said.
“I am inviting the countries who value international law and fairness to recognise occupied Jerusalem as the capital of Palestine,” Erdogan said, adding that Muslim countries would “never give up” on this demand.
Leaders of the Muslim world attended the OIC summit in Istanbul, looking to rally for a coordinated response to the US move on Jerusalem.
The Pakistani premier also met Palestinian President Mahmood Abbas and King Abdullah II of Jordan on the sidelines of the summit. During the meetings matters of mutual interest were discussed. The prime minister along with Chief Minister Punjab Shehbaz Sharif also met Erdogan on the sidelines.– Agencies

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