Dec 13, 2017, 1:40 PM
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Erdogan slams US' Quds move at Istanbul summit

Istanbul, Dec 13, IRNA/Anadolu – President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has called on countries that follow international law to recognize Holy Quds as the 'occupied capital' of Palestine.

Erdogan was speaking at an extraordinary summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in Istanbul on Wednesday.

As the rotating president of the OIC, Erdogan said US President Donald Trump's decision on Quds was a threat to all humanity, including America.

Branding Israel an 'occupying' and “terrorist” state, Erdogan said the country had been 'almost rewarded' by Trump for its 'terrorist actions'.

Erdogan praised countries which have refused to recognize the US move on Jerusalem, saying, 'Only Israel, which occupies Jerusalem, supported the US' unlawful decision. We thank all the countries which did not accept this illegitimate decision.'

The Turkish president called on the US to withdraw their 'wrong, provocative and unlawful' decision.

Last week, Trump announced his decision – despite widespread opposition across the Middle East –to formally recognize Quds as Israel’s capital.

The announcement sparked strong condemnation from around the world, including Turkey, the EU and the UN.

Quds remains at the core of the Israel-Palestine conflict, with Palestinians hoping that eastern part of the city, now occupied by Israel, might eventually serve as the capital of a future Palestinian state.

During his election campaign last year, Trump repeatedly promised to relocate the US embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.


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