Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas gestures as he delivers a speech in the West Bank city of Bethlehem January 6, 2016. REUTERS/Ammar Awad
CAIRO –3 January 2018: Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will partake in the inauguration of the “World Conference in Support of Jerusalem” organized by Al-Azhar in cooperation with the Council of Muslim Elders, which is set to be held in Cairo on January 17.
The conference, which is slated to run for two days, came at the invitation of Al-Azhar Grand Imam Ahmed al-Tayeb to muster international public opinion against U.S. President Donald Trump’s recent move to transfer the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem.
Earlier in December, Trump announced that he had decided to officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel amid growing global and regional condemnations. Several protests accordingly broke out at U.S. embassies around the world.
For its part, Al-Azhar strongly condemned the recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, describing it as an “illegitimate and reckless step” and an unacceptable attempt to falsify history.