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Erdogan Forges Accord to Name East Jerusalem Palestinian Capital

  • Turkey’s Erdogan leads opposition to Trump’s policy shift
  • OIC leaders met in Istanbul at emergency summit on Wednesday
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Assessing the Impact of Trump's Jerusalem Decision

The world’s largest bloc of Muslim countries declared East Jerusalem the capital of a future Palestinian state at a meeting convened by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, solidifying opposition to President Donald Trump’s recognition of the city as Israel’s capital.

The 57-member Organization of Islamic Cooperation said in a joint statement on Wednesday that it considered Trump’s declaration “null and void legally” and as an attack on the rights of the Palestinian people. The declaration was spearheaded by Erdogan, who urged Muslims around the world to recognize East Jerusalem as the occupied capital of Palestine at a speech during the extraordinary summit in Istanbul.