Dec 06 2017

Turkey calls Muslim summit on ‘grave’ mistake by Trump

Turkey called an emergency meeting of the 57-member Organisation of Islamic Cooperation in anticipation of U.S. President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

The meeting, planned for Dec. 13, will give the opportunity for Muslim leaders to coordinate and respond jointly, Ibrahim Kalın, spokesman for President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, told reporters in Ankara on Wednesday.

The U.S. administration should “immediately turn away from this grave mistake that will virtually eliminate the fragile Middle East peace process,” Kalın said.

Erdoğan yesterday said recognition of divided Jerusalem is a “red line” for all Muslims and could prompt Turkey to cut off diplomatic ties with Israel.