Erdoğan says Turkey rejects ‘fait accompli’ in Jerusalem

Turkey is opposed to efforts by some to create a "fait accompli" in Jerusalem, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said on Saturday.

"We reject efforts to create new fait accompli in Jerusalem," state-run Anadolu news agency quoted the Turkish president as saying during the 5th Summit of Heads of State of the Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA) in Tajikistan's capital city of Dushanbe.

Turkey’s strongman stressed that Ankara has an active stance on Palestine issue while calling on all countries to respect the U.N. resolutions and the legal status of Jerusalem.

U.S. President Donald Trump’s announcement in December 2017 recognising Jerusalem as the capital of Israel spurred a diplomatic row between Ankara and Washington and Tel Aviv. The Turkish president, a strong supporter of the Palestinian cause, following the U.S. move, hosted an extraordinary meeting in Istanbul, under the auspices of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC). The 57-member OIC slammed Washington’s decision to transfer its embassy to Jerusalem and recognise the disputed city as Israel's capital. 

Jerusalem remains at the heart of the ongoing Mideast conflict, with Palestinians hoping East Jerusalem, which has been occupied by Israel since 1967, might in the future serve as the capital of an independent Palestinian state.