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15 December 2017 Last updated 8 hours ago

Turkey, EU concerned over US plans to recognize Jerusalem as Israeli capital

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan File photo Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan

Turkey, Saudi Arabia and European Union have expressed their grave and deep concern over possible US plans to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan while addressing to a parliamentary meeting of his ruling AK Party in Ankara on Tuesday, said that Turkey could break off diplomatic ties with Israel if the United States formally recognizes Jerusalem as the Israeli capital.

“I am saddened by the reports that the U.S. is getting ready to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital,” Erdogan said.

“Mr. Trump, Jerusalem is the red line of Muslims. It is a violation of international law to take a decision supporting Israel while Palestinian society’s wounds are still bleeding,” he told a parliamentary meeting of his ruling AK Party.