Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has called for a summit of the main pan-Islamic body in Istanbul, amid US expected move to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
The summit is to hold on 13 December, Presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin told reporters in Ankara on Wednesday.
There was, however, no immediate confirmation from Muslim leaders if they would come.
Turkey currently holds the chairmanship of the OIC.
“In the face of developments that arouse sensitivity over the status of Jerusalem, President is calling a leaders’ summit of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in order to display joint action among Islamic countries,” Kalin said.
Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag said the expected US move risked igniting a “fire” in the Middle East and will prove a “great disaster”.
The recognition will “throw the region and the world into a fire and it’s not known when it will end”, Bozdag, also government spokesman, wrote on Twitter.
Bozdag said such a step which showed “great intolerance and mindlessness” would “destroy the peace process”.
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu told reporters in Brussels ahead of meeting US counterpart Rex Tillerson that the move is a “mistake” that “will not bring stability and peace but rather chaos and instability.”
Asked whether he would bring the issue up with Tillerson, the minister said: “I have already told him and I will tell him again.”
Erdogan had warned Tuesday that the status of Jerusalem is a “red line” for Muslims and could even prompt Turkey to cut ties with Israel.