Participants pose for a group photo during the extraordinary summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in Istanbul Authentic Mark Andrews Jersey
, Turkey, on Dec. 13, 2017. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday urged the Islamic world to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Palestine, while Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas refused any U.S. involvement in the peace process. (XinhuaAnadolu Agency)
ISTANBUL, Dec. 13 (Xinhua) -- A summit of Islamic countries held in Istanbul on Wednesday declared East Jerusalem as the capital of the State of Palestine to counter a U.S. decision in favor of Israel.
The summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) also invited all countries in the world to "recognize the State of Palestine and East Jerusalem as its occupied capital Authentic Hayden Hurst Jersey
," said the draft final communique unveiled at the conclusion of the one-day meeting.
The heads of state and government present at the summit rejected as "null and void" and condemned "in the strongest terms" the unilateral decision by U.S. President Donald Trump to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, the communique said.
The leaders described the U.S. move as an attack on the rights of the Palestinian people, a "deliberate undermining" of all peace efforts, "an impetus to extremism and terrorism," and a threat to international peace and security.
They reaffirmed their commitment to a two-state solution to the decades-old conflict between the Israelis and the Palestinians Authentic Tim Williams Jersey
, with East Jerusalem as the capital of the State of Palestine, warning Washington of "all the consequences" of not retracting its decision.
Without stepping back, the U.S. would lose its role as a sponsor of the peace process, cautioned the leaders from the OIC, the second largest inter-governmental organization after the United Nations with a membership of 57 states spread over four continents.
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, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said the United States is no longer an honest broker of peace.
"We cannot accept any more the United States as a peace broker, because basic requirements of being a peace broker are to be honest and objective," he said.
Trump broke long-held U.S. practice by announcing his decision on Dec. 6 to recognize Jerusalem as the Israeli capital and move U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to the holy city, sparking days of violent clashes in the Gaza Strip and West Bank as well as protests in other Arab countries.
Speaking at the press conference, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan also signaled the end of U.S. mediating role Authentic Tyus Bowser Jersey
, "because a peace process can only be conducted with an objective mediator."
Saying Trump "will play and dance by himself," Erdogan urged the U.S. president to reverse his "wrong decision," stressing that "insisting on a mistake has no benefit to anyone."
The summit communique also urged the UN Security Council to protect the legal status of Jerusalem and end the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian land.
Addressing the opening session of the summit, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani pledged to cooperate without preconditions with all Islamic countries to defend Jerusalem, while King Abdullah II of Jordan spoke of the need to offer support to enable the Palestinians to establish an independent state with East Jerusalem as the capital.
Israel occupied the eastern part of Jerusalem in 1967 and declared Jerusalem as its undivided capital in 1980 Authentic Maxx Williams Jersey
, but all countries have continued to keep their embassies in Tel Aviv so far.
TALUQAN, Afghanistan, Aug. 11 (Xinhua) -- At least 10 people were killed and over a dozen others wounded after gunmen exchanged fire near a mosque in Afghanistan's northern province of Takhar on Friday, a local official and witnesses said.
The firing took place after Friday prayers when the worshippers were leaving the main mosque in Chah Ab district's bazaar roughly at 02:00 p.m. local time (0930 GMT), a witness told Xinhua.
"Shortly after the praying Authentic Ronnie Stanley Jersey
, two armed groups belonging to local warlords exchanged fire near the gate of the mosque, leaving 10 people killed and about 20 others injured," he said, adding that among the affected people were several civilians.
District administrative Chief Abdul Haseeb, when approached by Xinhua Authentic Marlon Humphrey Jersey
, confirmed the incident.
Haseeb blamed the irresponsible armed groups for the carnage, saying loose law as well as carrying arms by irresponsible armed men resulted in the barbaric killing.
"I do confirm that eight civilians were killed and injured as we know so far but more information will be shared after an ongoing investigation into the incident."
The remote district is located near the border with Tajikistan.
Ordinary Afghans usually suffer at the hands of irresponsible armed groups, particularly in remote areas, where the government control is weak.
In mid-2015, 20 civilians were killed and 10 others injured in a shooting incident during a wedding party in the neighboring Baghlan province.
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