OIC declares East Jerusalem capital of Palestine

OIC declares East Jerusalem capital of Palestine

The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) declared East Jerusalem the capital of Palestine "under occupation" and urged the U.S. to withdraw from the peace process and back down from its Jerusalem decision in a statement issued following an extraordinary summit in Istanbul.

The OIC also called on other countries to recognize East Jerusalem as the Palestinian capital.

Following the summit, Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and OIC Secretary General Yousef bin Ahmad Al-Othaimeen held a joint press conference to announce its results.

Abbas said that Palestinians can no longer accept the U.S. as mediator in the peace process since it has lost impartiality. "We will aply to the UN Security Council for the annulment of US decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital," the Daily Sabah cited Abbas as saying.