Turkish FM calls for recognition of a Palestinian state
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu has called on other countries to recognise a Palestinian state with its capital as East Jerusalem, Milliyet newspaper said.
“We will never allow the sacredness and historical status of Jerusalem to be touched,” Çavuşoğlu told a meeting of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in Istanbul.
“We must encourage other countries to recognise a Palestinian state based on the 1967 borders with its capital as East Jerusalem.”
Turkey recognised Palestine when the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) declared independence in 1988, and 137 states have so far officially recognised the country.
The United States, Germany and many Western countries do not recognise Palestine.