"Mr. Trump, Jerusalem is Muslims' red line" - Erdoğan
If U.S. President Donald Trump goes ahead with his promise to recognise Jerusalem, rather than Tel Aviv, as Israel’s capital, it will anger Muslim countries and bring chaos to the region, Turkey foreign minister warned.
Speaking at the NATO Foreign Ministers Meeting in Brussels, Turkish Foreign Minister Çavuşoğlu was quoted by CNBC as saying:
Israel is trying to normalise relations with other Muslim countries, so [Trump’s recognising Jerusalem as capital] will not serve Israel well. I hope there will be no such decision by President Trump.
We have to warn the United States that such a decision will be against U.N. resolutions, international law and international agreements.
Israel has claimed Jerusalem as its capital since 1967, but it is not recognised internationally, CNBC wrote, Palestinians also lay claim to the city.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan earlier has told in the parliament that if U.S. recognises Jerusalem as Israel’s capital Turkey may end its ties with Israel, CNBC wrote.
“Mr. Trump, Jerusalem is Muslims' red line,” Erdogan said.