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Hamas hopes OIC will reject US decision on Jerusalem

Head of Gaza's political bureau Ismail Haniyeh meets Director of the Egyptian General Intelligence Directorate Khaled Fawzy in Gaza on 3 October 2017 [Mohammed Asad/Middle East Monitor]
Head of Gaza's political bureau Ismail Haniyeh in Gaza on 3 October 2017 [Mohammed Asad/Middle East Monitor]

Head of Hamas Political Bureau Ismail Haniyeh said yesterday that his movement hopes that the Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC) will condemn US President Donald Trump’s decision that Jerusalem is Israel’s capital, the Anadolu Agency reported.

“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 US recognition”.

The remarks came during a telephone call with the Iranian President Hassan Rouhani as the leaders discussed the US decision on Jerusalem and plans to move the American embassy to the holy city.

Read: Iran: Some Arab states agreed to Trump’s decision on Jerusalem

Haniyeh stressed, during the call, that the US decision is an “aggression on the Palestinian people and the Islamic nation”.

Uniting the Palestinian positions, as well as the Arab and Islamic positions will support the efforts to face the US decision and will support the Palestinian intifada.

Rouhani told Haniyeh that “Iran rejects this decision”, considering it the “peak of aggression by the world aggressive powers.”

He reiterated his country’s support for the Palestinians until they establish their “full state with Jerusalem as its capital”.

He stressed that Iran would hold back on efforts to reach a successful Islamic summit and get pro-Palestinian and Jerusalem resolutions.

Turkey called for an OIC meeting in Istanbul to discuss the US decision on Jerusalem. It will be held tomorrow.

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