The Arab League (AL) Secretariat Sunday condemned plans to hold the annual Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) conference in Jerusalem, Cairo-based MENA news agency reported.
The AL is deeply concerned over holding in Jerusalem the two- day international conference scheduled to open on Oct. 20, AL Assistant Secretary General for Palestine Affairs and Occupied Arab Territories Mohammed Sobeih said, according to the report.
The pan-Arab body called on the international community to shun the event which described by Sobeih as being "rewarding Israel which has been turning down the two-state solution", Xinhua reported
The Council of Arab Ambassadors has sent letters to foreign ministers of European countries among others to urge them not to send delegations to the event, the senior Arab diplomat added.
The status of Jerusalem has been a disputed and sensitive issue in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. Israel views the holy city as its "indivisible" capital, while the international community considers East Jerusalem as occupied territory and the Palestinians want to establish their future state with East Jerusalem as its capital.