Dec 17 2017

Turkey’s Jerusalem consulate is the ‘de facto’ embassy, PM Yıldırım says

U.S. decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital continues to be the subject of domestic policy agenda response in Turkey, Voice of America’s Turkish service reported.

Both Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım gave messages about the Jerusalem issue at their ruling Justice and Development Party’s (AKP) local organization meetings.

Addressing members of his party in north-eastern provinces of Artvin and Ardahan, Yıldırım is quoted by Voice of America as saying:

Today, our mission, which is operating as the Consulate General of Jerusalem, is actually serving as ambassador to the Palestinian state. Let us be clear, our Ambassador who resides in Jerusalem is our Ambassador in Palestine. No one else has opened a mission for Palestine in Jerusalem at the embassy level. You know, at the end of the [Organisation of Islamic Cooperation] summit we declared East Jerusalem as the capital city of Palestine. It is the most advanced decision that can be taken diplomatically at this stage, under the current conditions.

Separately, President Erdoğan also talked about Jerusalem in his speeches in Yalova and Istanbul, Voice of America wrote.

Erdoğan said:

When Muslims are in struggle, those who win are terrorists, war lords and colonialists, states like Israel which commit state terrorism. If Israel and the U.S. administration can act so lax and unlawful about Jerusalem today, it is because of the Muslims’ suffering. Therefore, it is very important that all Islamic countries should succeed at this Jerusalem test.