Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan called on world powers to recognize east Jerusalem as the capital of Palestine on Wednesday and said the United States should reverse the “awful and provocative” decision recognize the city as Israel’s capital.  “I invite all countries supporting an international law to recognize Jerusalem as the occupied capital of Palestine. We cannot be late anymore,” Erdogan told a summit of leader from more than 50 Muslim countries.

“The process to include Palestine in international agreements and institutions should be sped up,” he added. A similar call was made by the OIC’s secretary-general Yousef bin Ahmad Al-Othaimeen, who said the US decision was “an exceptional challenge” facing Muslim nations. The decision, he added, will fan violence in the region, giving extremists an excuse to sow chaos.  READ MORE