Turkey will open embassy in Jerusalem as Palestinian capital

Turkey will open embassy in Jerusalem as Palestinian capital

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President Erdogan responded in this way to Donald Trump’s decision to move the US embassy. to the Holy City.

The president of Turkey, the Islamist Recep Tayyip Erdogan, said on Sunday (17.12.2017) that his country plans to open an embassy in East Jerusalem as the capital of the Palestinian state, after the United States has recognized that city (in its two halves, East and West) in their as capital of the State of Israel.

“We have already declared East Jerusalem as the capital of the Palestinian state, but we have not been able to open our embassy because Jerusalem is currently occupied, but, God willing, we will open our embassy there,” Erdogan said during an act of his Justice and Development party. (AKP)

On the 13th, the countries of the Organization for Islamic Cooperation (OIC) agreed at a summit in Istanbul to recognize East Jerusalem as the capital of the Palestinian State and invited the rest of the nations to do the same.

The Turkish government and President Erdogan are among the most critical voices with the announcement of the president of the United States, Donlad Trump, to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and transfer the US embassy from Tel Aviv.

Erdogan has accused the US of violating international agreements and of “burning” the entire Middle East region with that decision.

Also the Government of Lebanon has announced the beginning of the procedures for the eventual opening of an embassy in Jerusalem as the capital of Palestine.

Egypt debates a commercial boycott of the United States

On the other hand, official Egyptian sources reported this Sunday that the Parliament of that country has begun the process to discuss a bill with the aim of boycotting American products in response to the recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

The draft law was sent, among others, to a joint committee specializing in economic affairs, defense, national security and Arab affairs, according to the official news agency MENA. This committee will study the proposal and prepare reports in this regard, as a preliminary step to propose a vote on the boycott of US products before the plenary session of the House.

In the session of this Sunday of the Parliament, the president of the legislative organ, Ali Abdelal, affirmed that “Jerusalem will continue being Arab and will remain like the capital of the State of Palestine”.

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