TEHRAN, July 31 (Xinhua) -- Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif will attend an emergency meeting of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in Istanbul, Turkey, over the latest developments in East Jerusalem, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman said on Monday.
Zarif will leave Tehran for Istanbul on Tuesday to take part in the OIC meeting, Bahram Qasemi was quoted as saying by Press TV.
Muslim countries must hold more consultations and boost cooperation over the current situation in the occupied territories of Palestine and recent escalating pressure on the Palestinians, said Qasemi.
"Muslim countries should never forget that regardless of certain disagreements, Palestine is the top issue of the Muslim world," he said.
The Palestinian issue would only be settled by reinforcing unity among Muslim countries and exerting more pressure on Israel, he added.
Tensions have recently escalated in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, between the Israeli forces and the Palestinians after Israel imposed restrictions on the prayers in the Al-Aqsa Mosque.