Erdogan says Turkey aims to open embassy in East Jerusalem

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  • Turkish leader made the announcement in Karaman, south of the country, today
  • He told party: ‘God willing the day is close when we’ll open our embassy there’ 
  • Erdogan wants Muslim nations to recognise East Jerusalem as Palestinian capital
  • Turkey’s Israeli embassy is currently in Tel-Aviv along with all other nations 

Lara Keay For Mailonline

Turkey wants to open an embassy in East Jerusalem, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said after rallying Muslim leaders from across the world to recognise it as the capital of Palestine

It is not clear how he would carry out the move, as Israel controls all of Jerusalem, calling the city its indivisible capital. 

Palestinians want the capital of a future state they seek to be in East Jerusalem, which Israel took in the 1967 war and later annexed in a move not recognised by the rest of the world. 

The Turkish embassy, along with others from around the globe, is currently in Tel-Aviv, Israel’s capital.

Turkey's president Recep Tayyip Erdogan has announced his country intends to open an embassy in East Jerusalem, where Palestine wants its capital to be. He is pictured at an extradonary summit of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation in Istanbul this week

Turkey's president Recep Tayyip Erdogan has announced his country intends to open an embassy in East Jerusalem, where Palestine wants its capital to be. He is pictured at an extradonary summit of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation in Istanbul this week

Turkey’s president Recep Tayyip Erdogan has announced his country intends to open an embassy in East Jerusalem, where Palestine wants its capital to be. He is pictured at an extradonary summit of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation in Istanbul this week

Erdogan and the the leaders of 57 other Muslim countries came together to form a united front against US President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital - not Tel-Aviv

Erdogan and the the leaders of 57 other Muslim countries came together to form a united front against US President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital - not Tel-Aviv

Erdogan and the the leaders of 57 other Muslim countries came together to form a united front against US President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital – not Tel-Aviv

But after President Donald Trump declared earlier this month that the United States will now recognise Jerusalem as the capital, President Erdogan has stepped up his own pro-Palestine campaign.

He said in a speech to members of his AK Party in the southern Turkish province of Karaman today: ‘God willing, the day is close when officially, with God’s permission, we will open our embassy there.’

He told party members Turkey’s consulate general in Jerusalem was already represented by an ambassador. 

A communique to the 57-state strong Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) at an extraordinary summit this week said Trump’s move is ‘null and void’ and he can no longer be ‘unbiased’ when it comes to peace talks in the Middle East.

President Donald Trump declared earlier this month that the United States will now recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital (pictured holding declaration), President Erdogan has stepped up his own pro-Palestine campaign

President Donald Trump declared earlier this month that the United States will now recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital (pictured holding declaration), President Erdogan has stepped up his own pro-Palestine campaign

President Donald Trump declared earlier this month that the United States will now recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital (pictured holding declaration), President Erdogan has stepped up his own pro-Palestine campaign

They met in Istanbul to form a united response to Trump’s controversial actions, which have sparked mass protests across the Arab World and break with decades of US foreign policy.   

Erdogan said at the conference: ‘With their decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, the United States has become a partner in this bloodshed.’ 

Jerusalem, revered by Jews, Christians and Muslims alike, is home to Islam’s third holiest shrine as well as Judaism’s Western Wall – both in the eastern sector – and has been at the heart of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict for decades.

It is not clear how he would carry out the move, as Israel controls all of Jerusalem (pictured), calling the city its indivisible capital. The US and Israeli flags are pictured flying on the roof of an Israeli settlement in East Jerusalem 

It is not clear how he would carry out the move, as Israel controls all of Jerusalem (pictured), calling the city its indivisible capital. The US and Israeli flags are pictured flying on the roof of an Israeli settlement in East Jerusalem 

It is not clear how he would carry out the move, as Israel controls all of Jerusalem (pictured), calling the city its indivisible capital. The US and Israeli flags are pictured flying on the roof of an Israeli settlement in East Jerusalem 



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