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Erdogan: Jerusalem Must be Recognized as Palestinian Capital



Recep Tayyip Erdogan called for a reconsideration into the US decision to move its embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Donald Trump announced his final decision last week welcomed by loads of protests around the world.

Turkish president called the decision “unlawful and provocative” and urged world states to recognize East Jerusalem as the capital of Palestine. He also asked for speed-up in incorporation of Palestine into international accords.

Erdogan’s remarks were made for his fellow Muslim leaders in Istanbul, at the emergency Islamic summit, in response to Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. The “violence shown by Israel,” was also condemned by the Turkish president while extending his condolences to the ‘martyrs’ who have lost their lives defending the territorial integrity of Palestine.

The same remarks were also made on Wednesday by Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu who called for international involvement on the issue. “Firstly, the Palestinian state must be recognized by all other countries. We must all strive together for this,” Cavusoglu said as foreign ministers convened ahead of the full summit meeting.

We must encourage other countries to recognize the Palestinian state on the basis of its 1967 borders with East Jerusalem as its capital.

Mahmoud Abbas, Palestinian leader, described Trump’s decision as gift to the Zionist movement” while warning about the extremists who want to change the saga from a political dispute to a religious one. “Jerusalem is and always will be the capital of Palestine,” Abbas asserted at the emergency meeting of Muslim leaders in Turkey.

Trump’s decision to locate the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem is considered a unilateral movement in America. Activists and politicians inside the US protested the decision as illegal and called for a setback.