Dec 05 2017

Turkish presidency warns U.S. over recognising Jerusalem as Israeli capital

Turkish presidential spokesman İbrahim Kalın has warned the United States that it would be a “calamitous mistake” to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

“This is completely counter to Jerusalem’s religious and historical status, to international agreements and to U.N. decisions,” he said.

“This type of move will end the peace process in the already fragile Middle East and lead to new tensions and clashes.”

Kalın added that protecting the status of Jerusalem and the Temple Mount was of vital importance.

Former Prime Minister Davutoğlu also had strong words about the potential decision on Sunday.

“Jerusalem being recognised as the capital of Israel does not just mean the restarting of big clashes in Palestine,” he said. “It means an open intervention into a city that the entire Islamic world and Christian world count as holy.”