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13 December, 2017

President Mahmoud Abbas Tuesday met with his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan before the emergency summit of the Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC) to discuss USA recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

According to the official, Erdogan is following a pattern of behavior he used in 2010 following the MV Mavi Marmara protest ship incident, in which he rode his confrontational approach to Israel to a position of great popularity in the Arab and Muslim world.

The extraordinary summit being convened on Wednesday has been called by the president of Turkey in his capacity as the chair of the OIC.

"We are waiting for the OIC to take a decision that matches the anger of the nations", Haniyeh said, pointing out that the expected decision is "to reject the United States recognition".

Foreign Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif and Chief Minister Punjab Shehbaz Sharif are also accompanying the prime minister on the trip, said in a press release by the PM Office.

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Malaysia affirms commitment and "unwavering support" for the Palestinian people in their pursuit to attain their "legitimate and inalienable rights" for an independent State of Palestine based on pre-1967 borders, with East Jerusalem as capital.

Ankara has criticized what it called a feeble Arab reaction to the U.S. decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital, on the eve of Wednesday's Muslim summit in Istanbul. He has also vowed to urge the OIC to cut ties with Israel. On Tuesday, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu needled Arab states for their "very weak responses" on Jerusalem.

"If we don't defend Jerusalem today, when will we defend it?" he asked.

The hard-line Turkish paper Yeni Safak, known for its strong support of Erdogan and his Justice and Development (AK) Party, wrote that the conference is expected to go beyond messages of condemnation and take action to reverse the United States decision. Thereafter, al-Maliki stated, on behalf of the PA leader, that "Jerusalem is and will remain the eternal Palestinian capital [despite any attempts] to assassinate its identity or falsify its history". Indeed Erdogan has come in the fore as a champion of the Palestinian cause and spearheaded the Muslim reaction to the U.S. decision by convening the OIC meeting in Istanbul to formulate a joint plan of action.

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