2017-12-07 15:10:00

Russia may attend urgent OIC summit on Jerusalem as observer

Moscow, December 7, Interfax - Russia may attend the urgent summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) scheduled for December 13 following the United States' recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel as an observer state, the former Special Representative of the Russian President for Liaison with the Organization of Islamic Cooperation and the Director of the Center for Partnership of Civilizations, Veniamin Popov, told Interfax on Thursday.

"Formally, we are an observer state [of the OIC]; we always participate in such meetings and, being an observer state, have the right to speak our mind," Popov said.

The only right Russia does not have at the OIC is the right to vote, he said.

Interfax had asked Popov whether Russia will attend the urgent summit on Jerusalem, to which Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan invited delegates on Wednesday.

The summit is scheduled to take place in Istanbul on December 13. Erdogan called on OIC member states to agree on joint measures Islamic countries will take to deal with the Jerusalem situation.