Erdoğan Decides To Move Turkey’s Embassy To Jerusalem

Just a few days after leading calls at a summit of Muslim leaders for the world to recognise Jerusalem as Palestine’s capital, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan announced that Turkey intends to open an embassy in East Jerusalem.

“God willing, the day is close when officially, with God’s permission, we will open our embassy there,” he said in a speech to members of his AK party in Turkey’s southern province of Karaman while still keeping his criticism of the US decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

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Erdoğan has been one of the critics over Donald Trump’s announcement on Jerusalem and had condemned the US for breaking decades of established foreign policy by relocating its embassy from Tel Aviv. He also called on the world to respond to Trump’s announcement.

Jerusalem which is honored by Jews, Christians and Muslims alike, has been at the centre of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict for decades. Israel captured East Jerusalem in 1967, while Palestinians call for the area to be recognised as the capital of an independent Palestinian state.

Mevlut Cavusoglu, Turkey’s foreign minister said earlier this week that Turkey would open an embassy in East Jerusalem once the world recognised an independent Palestine.

All of the foreign embassies in Israel, including Turkey’s, are located in Tel Aviv, to reflect Jerusalem’s unresolved status. Earlier this week, Erdoğan said that the United States has become a partner in this “bloodshed” with their decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel‘s capital.

Previously, he has described Trump’s action as a “red line” for Muslims and threatened to break off diplomatic relations with the US.

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