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Muslim leaders at Erdogan-led summit declare East Jerusalem Palestine's capital

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan held a hastily organized meeting of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation to condemn US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and galvanize a united Muslim response.

Leaders of the world’s Muslim countries announced on Wednesday that they recognized East Jerusalem as the capital of Palestine and called on the United States to reverse its decision recognizing the contested city as Israel’s capital, firing a salvo in the bitter dispute over the ancient site claimed by both Israelis and Palestinians.

The decision, made at an Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) summit in Istanbul, followed Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s call to the group to acknowledge Jerusalem as the Palestinians’ rightful capital.

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