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Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali and Prime Minister's Security Affairs Adviser Maj Gen (retd) Tarique Ahmed Siddique will join the summit, a senior official at the Foreign Ministry told UNB on Wednesday. The two countries along with the worldwide community will seek to increase pressure on Israel and U.S. by using OIC's platform to ensure a peaceful future.

Turkey has called for an emergency meeting of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), the Turkish government spokesman Bekir Bozdag said.

Indeed, the OIC is fully prepared to impose such actions: "The OIC decides to pursue all available legal, political, and legislative avenues at the national and global levels to confront and stop the Israeli colonial settlement regime in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem and adopt actions to ensure that companies and other actors that choose to benefit from the Israeli colonial regime are deprived of the opportunity of accessing OIC markets".

Separately, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowed on Tuesday that a planned summit this week of the world's main pan-Islamic body would send a "strong message" after Israeli forces killed dozens of Palestinians along the Gaza border.

Bangladesh also expressed its dismay as the United States' shifted its Embassy to Jerusalem.

During a telephonic call, the Turkish leader extended invitation to Pakistan's Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi for participation in the extraordinary session of the OIC.

Israeli troops shot dead 55 Palestinian protesters on the Gaza border yesterday as the United States opened its embassy to Israel in Jerusalem.

The OIC Secretary General also stressed the need for the worldwide community to play its role towards finding a political solution to the Palestine issue in accordance with global law, resolutions of world bodies and the Arab Peace Initiative. Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas announced a three-day mourning.

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