Pakistani delegation in Turkey for OIC summit

Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi Tuesday arrived in Turkey to attend the special Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) summit on Jerusalem.

Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif and Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif were also accompanying the prime minister.

The extraordinary summit has been called by Turkish President Erdogan in his capacity as the chair of the OIC Summit. Most OIC-member states are expected to attend.

The summit will discuss the recent decision by the US administration to shift the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. The OIC leaders will also explore ways to deal with the situation.

Earlier, the United States had warned Pakistan from going too far against Washington on Jerusalem issue as it could hurt the already fragile relationship. Officials said the US was not happy over Pakistan’s strong reaction and had urged Islamabad to “play safe”.

Over the weekend, the White House called for “calm and moderation” as protests broke out worldwide after US President Donald Trump’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

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