Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he hopes one day to open a Turkish embassy in Jerusalem, ahead of a possible UN vote Monday which seeks to nullify the US decision to recognize the city as Israel’s capital.
Erdogan defies Trump, says Turkey has own embassy plans for Jerusalem
« Because Jerusalem is under occupation, what we could not do was open our embassy there. But even now our consulate there is being represented by an ambassador », » Erdogan said in a speech Sunday to members of his AK Party in Karaman, southern Turkey.
« God willing, the day is near, that our embassy will officially be opened there ».
Erdogan’s speech came after an emergency meeting of the 57-member Organization of Islamic Cooperation last week recognized East Jerusalem as the occupied capital of a Palestinian state.
The decision came in response to US President Donald Trump’s promise to move Washington’s embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, and recognize the city as Israel’s capital.
Egypt has introduced a UN Security Council resolution seeking to annul Trump’s announcement,a vote on which could come as early as Monday.
If, as expected, the resolution is vetoed by the US at the Security Council, Erdogan, echoed by Palestinian leaders, said he would pursue a similar resolution in the United Nations General Assembly, where a simple majority would allow a non-binding resolution to pass.
Even if a General Assembly resolution is non-binding, its potential passage would show overwhelming consensus in opposition to Trump, its supporters say.
Fallout from Trump’s move has continued to ripple across the Islamic world. In Jakarta Sunday, tens of thousands of Indonesian Muslims took to the streets to protest the decision, waving Palestinian flags and bearing placards with slogans such as « Donald Trump, making enem(ies) at every turn. »(cnn)