Published on Dec 06, 2017 Greenbarge Reporters
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan of Turkey has warned President Donald Trump of the United States of America that recognising Jerusalem as the capital of Israel will be a sure way of breeding more terrorism.
Speaking in a joint news conference with Jordanian King Abdullah, Erdoğan said that Turkey and Jordan shared the same views regarding the status of Jerusalem.
“The wrong step (expected) to be taken regarding Jerusalem’s status will be the cause of indignation in the Islamic world. “It will undermine the foundation for peace and will light the wick of new works,” Erdoğan said, adding that peace and security in the Middle East cannot be sacrificed for the sake of domestic politics.
The president reiterated that leaders of the members of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) will meet in Istanbul on December 13, even as he advised the Islamic world to act as one regarding the Jerusalem issue.
Erdoğan said that it was impossible to secure peace in the region without accepting Palestinians’ demand for an independent and sovereign state within the 1967 borders with Jerusalem as its capital, adding that no one had the right to play with the destiny of billions of people for personal ambitions.
“I want to make the following call to the whole world from here: any step to change Jerusalem’s legal status should be avoided. Such a step would only play into the hands of terrorist organizations,” he said.
Erdoğan stressed that the U.S’ possible recognition of Jerusalem as the Israeli capital was not only against numerous U.N. resolutions, but also to the centuries-old multi-cultural character of the city.
As part of his election campaign, U.S. President Donald Trump pledged to relocate the country’s embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. The recent move has been opposed by a number of world powers, including France, the U.K., EU, Turkey and the Arab League.
While Israel considers Jerusalem as its capital, the world opposes this, saying that the city’s status should be determined in peace talks with Palestinians, who consider the eastern part of the city as their future capital.
Turkey has strongly reacted against the decision and warned the U.S., while President Erdoğan warned the country could cut diplomatic relations with Israel.
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