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Political leaders and heads of state from Islamic nations have condemned countries that have made the "illegal and irresponsible decision" to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel; Aljazeera reported.

In a joint statement on Saturday, at the end of a summit of the 57-member Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, the leaders called on countries that have moved their embassies to Jerusalem to rethink their strategy which they said constituted "a serious violation of international law and international legitimacy".

The OIC urged member countries to take "appropriate measures" against countries that move their embassies to Jerusalem.

US President Donald Trump recognised Jerusalem as Israel's capital in December 2017, breaking with decades of established protocol, and in May 2018 transferred the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Guatemala followed suit soon afterwards.

"The Palestinian people have the right to achieve their inalienable national rights, including their right to self-determination and the establishment of an independent and sovereign Palestinian State," the final statement said.

Jerusalem is claimed by both Israelis and Palestinians as their capital and the move by the United States was roundly condemned by Palestinians who said the US could no longer portray itself as a neutral mediator between the two sides.

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