Turkey pitches tent with Palestine, unfolds plan to open embassy in East Jerusalem

Posted by News Express | 18 December 2017 | 2,687 times

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•Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Sunday that Turkey hopes to open an embassy to a Palestinian state in East Jerusalem in the future.

“Because it is under occupation, we can’t just go there and open an embassy,” Erdogan said in a speech to his ruling party in the city of Karaman.

“But, inshallah (God willing), those days are near and... we will officially open our embassy there,” he said, without giving any precise time frame.

The comments came just days after Erdogan hosted a summit of leaders of Muslim-majority nations to denounce United States President Donald Trump’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Erdogan has spearheaded opposition among both Muslim and European leaders to oppose the decision.

East Jerusalem was annexed by Israel following the 1967 war – a move that has not been recognised by the international community.

Turkey currently has a general consulate in Jerusalem, and has full diplomatic relations with Israel but, like all other nations, its embassy is in Tel Aviv. (VOA News)


Source: News Express

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