USA moves embassy to Jerusalem – Turkey warns of consequences


US President Donald Trump told Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas that he intends to move the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. The press spokesman for the Turkish President Ibrahim Kalin called on December 5th to the US administration not to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Trump „informed President Abbas of his intention to move the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem“, the Palestinian Presidency stated in a statement.
He said that a statement on the transfer will be made „in the next few days“.

„Jerusalem is the red line for all Muslims. We could go so far as to break off diplomatic relations with Israel on the subject „, Turkish President Erdogan said in response to the intentions of the USA during a parliamentary group meeting of the ruling AK party.

„We will convene a summit meeting of the Organization for Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in Istanbul when the USA recognises Jerusalem as the Israeli capital,“ Erdogan added.

The news that the US administration will recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel is extremely worrying. This is totally against Jerusalem’s religious and historical status, international agreements and UN decisions,“ Kalin said on Twitter.

Such a step will put an end to the Middle East peace process, which is already fragile and will lead to new tensions and conflicts in the Middle East. We hope that the US Government will not make such a fatal mistake. Maintaining the status of Jerusalem and Haram al-Sharif[al-Aqsa Mosque] is vitally important,“he warned.

Kalin made the remarks after US media reported last week that US President Donald Trump is considering moving the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and formally recognizing the city as Israel’s capital.

Jerusalem remains at the heart of the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian conflict, because the Palestinians claim that East Jerusalem, occupied by Israel, is the capital of a future state.

During his election campaign, Trump promised to move the US Embassy from Tel Aviv.


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