The World’s Muslim Nations accused Israel of staging provocative actions and inflaming tensions with the Palestinians in a crisis over security measures at a key Holy site in Jerusalem.
Turkey hosted an extraordinary meeting in Istanbul of Foreign Ministers from the organization of Islamic Cooperation to discuss the tensions in its current capacity as chairman of the body.
A Joint Communique issued after the gathering said OIC “Strongly Condemns Israel’s recent provocative actions” at the Holy site.
OIC also urged world powers not to support or encourage Israel’s Illegal Colonisation and annexation of East Jerusalem, which Israel occupied in 1967 before later annexing.
While addressing the meeting, Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Malki accused Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of seeking to change the longstanding agreement whereby only Muslims are allowed to pray inside the Al-Aqsa mosque compound, although anyone can visit, including Jews.
The meeting brought together Foreign Ministers and top officials from key Muslim Nations, including Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir and Iranian Counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif.