CARACAS – Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro said on Tuesday that he would attend a joint meeting of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation and the Non-Aligned Movement in Istanbul to reject the United States’ decision to transfer its embassy to Jerusalem.
Maduro said in Caracas before leaving for Turkey that the goal of his trip is “to evaluate everything that has to do with the solidarity for the Arab people of Palestine” in the face of the “aggression of the imperialist government,” referring to the administration of US President Donald Trump.
Maduro said that Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan would preside over the meeting and that he would make a similar announcement on the matter, which was “approved by 120 countries of the United Nations” to reject Trump’s decision “against the Palestinian people.”
The Venezuelan head of state described the US president’s decision to move the US diplomatic mission from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem as “a declaration of war against the Arab Muslims,” as it means that the Trump Administration recognized the disputed city as the capital of the Jewish state.
On Dec. 6, Trump broke the consensus of the international community on the status of Jerusalem, a holy city claimed by three of the world’s major religions, by recognizing it as Israel’s capital and ordering the US embassy to be moved there.
The move triggered regional tensions and put Washington’s role as a peace mediator at risk.
The international community decided not to establish embassies in Jerusalem as a sign of disapproval of Israel’s occupation of territory following the 1967 war and its annexation of the holy city in 1980.