Turkey considers opening embassy in East Jerusalem: Erdogan


Published: 2017-12-17 20:49

Last Updated: 2017-12-18 09:49


As a response to Trump’s Jerusalem decision, Turkey plans to open an embassy in East Jerusalem, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Sunday.

His remarks came during his speech to members of his AK Party in the southern province of Karaman, days after a summit of Muslim leaders for the world to recognize it as the capital of Palestine.

Erdogan said that Turkey’s consulate general in Jerusalem was already represented by an ambassador.

“God willing, the day is close when officially, with God’s permission, we will open our embassy there,” Erdogan said.

However, the Turkish foreign minister, Mevlut Cavusoglu, said earlier this week that Turkey is considering opening an embassy in East Jerusalem once the world recognised an independent Palestine.

It is not clear yet how Turkey would carry out such move, as Israel controls all of Jerusalem and calls the city its indivisible capital.

Earlier last week, Turkey hosted a Muslim nation summit in response to US President Donald Trump’s announcement to recognize Jerusalem, the current Palestinian capital, as Israel’s capital.

Since then, hundreds of Turkish people showed support with the Palestinian cause against Trump’s decision by protesting in streets, carrying labels for Jerusalem as the Palestinian capital.