A general view of Jerusalem's old city shows the Dome of the Rock in the compound known to Muslims as Noble Sanctuary and to Jews as Temple Mount, October 25, 2015. REUTERS/Amir Cohen
CAIRO – 15 December 2017: The Arab Inter-Parliamentary Union (AIPU) disqualified the U.S. from acting as a mediator in future talks concerning efforts to achieve an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal.
The AIPU held an urgent session on Thursday in the Moroccan capital, Rabat to discuss the repercussions of the Trump administration's recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel on December 6.
Agreeing to escalate the situation, the AIPU decided to form a parliamentary committee to visit and contact the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) and geopolitical groups within the IPU, in addition to regional and continental parliaments, to make them aware of the repercussions of Trump’s decision.
The AIPU promised to exert all possible efforts to establish a headquarters for the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC) in Jerusalem.
The Organization of Islamic Cooperation's (OIC) summit on Wednesday issued a draft declaration pertaining to Washington's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, as a sign of U.S. withdrawal from its role as a sponsor in the Middle East peace process.
The draft statement invited all countries to recognize the State of Palestine and East Jerusalem as its occupied capital.
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