Dec 07 2017

Erdoğan, Pope agree Trump recognition of Jerusalem ‘worrying’

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan spoke with Pope Francis by telephone, with both leaders agreeing that an announcement by President Donald Trump recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital was “worrying”, CNN Turk reported citing presidential sources.

Erdoğan and the Pope agreed that Jerusalem enjoys a special status, being the home of the three main religious faiths in the region, and they would oppose the move “on various platforms”, the news channel reported on Friday.

Erdoğan said on Tuesday that Turkey and the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation could cut diplomatic ties should Trump recognize Jerusalem. He will chair a meeting of the OIC next week in Istanbul following Trump's decision.