Erdogan promised to open a Turkish Embassy in East Jerusalem

Erdogan and Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he wants to open the country’s Embassy in East Jerusalem. He intends to do that according to the decision of the Organization of Islamic cooperation (OIC) on the recognition of this part of the city the capital of Palestine, Hurriyet Daily News reported.

“We have already declared East Jerusalem the capital of a Palestinian state, but we are unable to open our Embassy there, because Jerusalem is currently under occupation. God, we will open our Embassy here,” said the Turkish leader, speaking at a meeting of the ruling party “Justice and development”.

Erdogan added that the US President Donald trump was guided by the Zionist understanding of the problem and the logic “I decided point”, recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and taking the decision to move the us Embassy there. “Whoever did it, contrary to the decisions of the UN decided that they can not recognize. Okay, but we’re also not recognize”, — he stressed.

“Don’t try to make this a Zionist operation. If you do, you will pay dearly,” he threatened the Turkish President.

Trump on December 6 announced the recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. He also instructed the state Department to begin work to transfer the U.S. Embassy from tel Aviv.

Israel proclaimed Jerusalem as its capital after the War for independence in 1949. In 1967 after the six day war Israel captured East Jerusalem and United it with the Western, but the UN has not recognized it. Embassies of countries, including diplomatic relations with Israel are mainly in tel Aviv, Ramat Gan and Herzliya.

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