• OIC set to meet in Turkey to coordinate response on Trump's al-Quds move

The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) is set to meet in Turkey to coordinate a response to US President Donald Trump's plan to declare al-Quds as Zionist entity's capital.

Turkish presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin told reporters in the capital Ankara on Wednesday that the summit would take place on December 13 in the city of Istanbul.

"In the face of developments that arouse sensitivity over the status of al-Quds, Mr. President is calling a leaders' summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation in order to display joint action among Islamic countries," media outlets quoted Kalin as saying.

Turkey currently holds the chairmanship of the OIC.

The spokesman went on to say that the recognition of al-Quds as Zionist entity's capital and the moving of the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to there would be a "grave mistake" against international agreements.

"Al-Quds is our honor, Quds is our common cause, and Quds is our red line."

Elsewhere in his remarks, the spokesman also urged the Trump administration to "return from this grave mistake immediately."

Meanwhile, Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag said on Wednesday that the expected US move risked igniting a "fire" in the Middle East and will prove a "great disaster."

The recognition will "throw the region and the world into a fire and it's not known when it will end", Bozdag wrote on Twitter.

Bozdag said such a step which showed "great intolerance and mindlessness" would "destroy the peace process."

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Dec 06, 2017 18:41 UTC
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