Open letter to the OIC from EML
The European Muslim League would like to take this opportunity to welcome the proposals made by the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) following the US President's controversial announcement to move the American embassy to Jerusalem, recognising the city as the capital of Israel.
Jerusalem is embedded firmly in the hearts of all Christians and Jews, as well as we Muslims - its name resonates with all three Abrahamic faiths.
It was heart-warming to see the 57-member OIC gather for an extraordinary meeting on Wednesday in Istanbul called by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Representing what EML sees as the collective voice of the Muslim world, the OIC rebuked Donald Trump's statement by recognising East Jerusalem as the capital of Palestine.
By calling the emergency OIC summit, President Erdogan has shown himself to be a strong rallying figure in the Muslim world at times of crisis. His actions are applauded by members of the EML because he has illustrated the strength that there is in peace and unity which we would like to see extend beyond the issue of Jerusalem and Palestine.
Alfredo Maiolese, President of EML
Yvonne Ridley, General Secretary of EML