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Turkey, EU share more foreign policy interests than they realize

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U.S. President Donald Trump’s unilateral recognition of Jerusalem as the “undivided” capital of Israel on Dec. 6 sparked a fresh strain in an already unstable Middle East with concerns over renewed tension between Palestinians and Israelis.

A quick retaliation to Trump’s move came from the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) on Dec. 13 through an emergency summit initiated by term president Turkey. The 57-member organization not only rejected and strongly condemned the U.S.’s decision but also declared East Jerusalem as the occupied capital of the State of Palestine.

It also vowed to continue to challenge Trump’s move through international mechanisms while repeating calls for countries that have not yet recognized the State of Palestine to do so immediately. A formal diplomatic address is expected at the U.N. General Assembly, which accepted Palestine as a non-member observer through a vote in 2012 despite U.S. opposition.

The OIC........

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