Dec 12 2017

Turkey critises Arabs for being too soft on Trump

Turkey criticised its Arab allies for being too soft of U.S. President Donald Trump for recognising Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

Leaders from more than 50 Arab countries are due to congregate in Istanbul on Wednesday to agree a response to Trump’s move, which President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has said could warrant terminating diplomatic relations with Israel.

"Some Arab countries have shown very weak responses (on Jerusalem)," Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said. "It seems some countries are very timid of the United States."

While Erdoğan is due to chair the meeting, some Muslim states have not decided who to send. Others, including Egypt and the United Arab Emirates, would be represented by their foreign ministers, rather than heads of state, Reuters reported on Tuesday. Some nations in the region have a fractious relationship with Turkey due to the government’s cooperation with Iran in Syria and its closeness to Hamas.

Çavuşoğlu said Turkey would propose that Muslim countries who had not recognised Palestine should do so now.

“We want the United States to turn back from its mistake,” he said, referring to what he called Washington’s “I am a superpower, I can do anything” mentality.