TEHRAN, Young Journalists Club (YJC) - “God willing, the day is close when officially, with God’s permission, we will open our embassy there,” he said in a speech, while maintaining his fierce criticism of the US decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s ‘capital’.
The Turkish leader has been one of the loudest voices in a global chorus of condemnation over Donald Trump’s announcement – that the US would break with decades of established foreign policy by relocating its embassy from Tel Aviv.
“With their decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel‘s capital, the United States has become a partner in this bloodshed,” Erdogan said.
His announcement of plans for a Turkish embassy in East Jerusalem comes after Muslim world leaders this week called for the area to be recognized as the capital of an independent Palestinian state.
The draft, declaration by the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), was issued following an extraordinary meeting of the 57-state group to hammer out a unified response to Trump’s decision.
Turkey’s foreign minister, Mevlut Cavusoglu, said earlier this week that Turkey would open an embassy in East Jerusalem once the world recognized an independent Palestine.
Protests have been held across the globe and four Palestinians killed in violent clashes with Israeli security forces in the West Bank and Gaza following Trump’s controversial decision.
President Erdogan has said previously described Trump’s decision as a “red line” for Muslims, and threatened to break off diplomatic relations with the US.