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Saudis host Sunday’s meeting of Muslim countries’ FMs

The Saudi Arabian headquarters includes countries Iran, Turkey, Indonesia and a number of Muslim majority countries.

PTI | , Dubai

UPDATED ON MAY 16, 2021 06:47 IST

Saudi Arabia has called on foreign ministers of the world’s largest body of Muslim countries to hold a meeting on Sunday. The meeting is to discuss Israeli acts of violence against Palestinians and the use of force by Israel against protesters in the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem.

The kingdom will host the virtual summit, where ministers from the Organization of Islamic Cooperation will meet with 57 countries to discuss Israeli aggression in the Palestinian territories, especially violence in the vicinity of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, the body said on Saturday.

The Saudi Arabian headquarters includes countries Iran, Turkey, Indonesia and a number of Muslim majority countries.

The sanctity of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, one of the holiest sites of Islam, is a sensitive and emotional issue for Muslims around the world. The OIC was established 51 years ago in response to a Jewish extremist arson attack on the Al-Aqsa Mosque in east Jerusalem.

The hilltop on which the mosque stands is also sacred to Jews, who worship it as the Temple Mount because it was the site of the biblical temples. Some Jews and evangelical Christians support the construction of a new Jewish temple on the site, an idea that Muslims find worrying because they fear it will lead to the division or demolition of the mosque.

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