Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım said Wednesday the U.S. plan for Jerusalem is “unlawful”.
President Donald Trump will formally recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital and begin preparations to move the U.S. embassy to the contested city, three senior administration officials confirmed late Tuesday.
Speaking at a joint press conference in Seoul with his South Korean counterpart Lee Nak-Yeon, Yıldırım said, “One way or another, both situations will be unlawful decisions and will make the existing problems in the region even more unsolvable”.
“The U.S. president not making a statement in this direction is vital for the future of the region and global peace.”
02:31 dk 05 Aralık 2017 Yeni Şafak Erdoğan: Jerusalem is the red line of Muslims
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan called on President Donald Trump regarding reports that he may move the U.S.'s Israel embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, thus recognizing Jerusalem as the country's capital, and said: “Jerusalem is the red line of Muslims. If such step is taken, we will gather the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in a leaders' summit in Istanbul within 5-10 days." He noted that this step “could even lead to the cutting of diplomatic ties with Israel."
US shift on Jerusalem would bring chaos: Turkish FM
The reported U.S. plan to relocate its embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem would bring chaos, not peace, to the region, Turkey’s foreign minister warned Tuesday.Speaking to reporters in Albania’s capital Tirana, Mevlut Cavusoglu said Turkey "hopes" the U.S. would not take such step, adding that it would "trigger new conflicts in the region."Relocating the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem would violate international law and agreements as well as UN resolutions, said Cavusoglu.The foreign minister is to discuss the matter with the U.S.' top diplomat and his other overseas counterparts at a NATO foreign ministers summit in Brussels later on Tuesday.U.S. President Donald Trump is considering moving the American Embassy to Jerusalem and formal recognition of the city as Israel’s capital, according to media reports.On the U.S. arming the terrorist PKK/PYD in Syria, Çavuşoğlu reiterated that there was "no difference between the PKK and YPG."He said Turkey was closely monitoring Trump's pledge to stop supplying weapons to PKK/PYD terrorists in Syria.Erdoğan: Jerusalem issue could lead to Ankara cutting diplomatic ties with IsraelUS decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israeli capital 'would be fatal mistake'In a phone conversation with President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan late last month, Trump promised to halt arms supplies to the PKK/PYD, the Syrian branch of the PKK, which has waged a terror campaign against Turkey since 1984, taking some 40,000 lives in the process.Video: Erdoğan: Jerusalem is the red line of MuslimsPalestine will not sacrifice Jerusalem to Zionists, says MP
President Erdoğan says ‘Jerusalem is the red line of Muslims'
Speaking at the AK Party's parliamentary group meeting on Tuesday in the Turkish capital of Ankara, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan expressed concern regarding reports that U.S. President Donald Trump may move its Israel embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, thus recognizing Jerusalem as the country’s capital.“Mr. Trump, Jerusalem is the red line of Muslims. While the wounds of Palestinians continues to bleed and attacks continue, establishing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital is not only against international agreements but is also a violation of morality,” Erdoğan said.“We will follow up on this matter with determination and it could lead to Ankara cutting diplomatic ties with Israel,” he added.U.S. officials have said that the move has not yet been finalized. The decision would violate decades of U.S. policy not to take a stance on the fate of Jerusalem on the grounds that this was an issue Israelis and Palestinians should negotiate and decide.Jerusalem is sacred to both Muslims and Jews, as it includes sites known to Muslims as Haram al-Sharif (The Noble Sanctuary), al-Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of the rock, as well as an ancient Jewish temple.US decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israeli capital 'would be fatal mistake'Video: Erdoğan: Jerusalem is the red line of MuslimsReza Zarrab case is a plot against Turkey“The Reza Zarrab case in the U.S. is a game which has with nothing to do with the law. Everything presented, including the so-called evidence, is all part of the mise en scene. Corruption is not at the center of this case. The U.S.’s own companies overcame their Iran sanctions, yet they are not aware of this,” said Erdoğan.“This case is a reflection of the internal conflict of America’s domestic politics. Those who want to judge us for our trade with Iran aim to conceal their intentions to establish a terror state within our borders,” he added.Erdoğan was referring to an ongoing trial in the U.S. against Mehmet Hakan Atilla, a former deputy general manager of Halkbank who has been charged with allegedly evading U.S. sanctions on Iran, in which Reza Zarrab is a witness.Turkey arrests 17 in probe of businessman Sarraf“This case is the continuation of the Dec. 17-25 and July 15 coup attempt. I’m calling out to the U.S.: Have you not yet understood FETÖ’s coup attempt? Will you not understand? Turkey does not have a plan against the U.S., but the U.S. has a plan against Turkey,” Erdoğan said.“The case in the U.S., which has nothing to do with the law, justice, or trade, is a game to try and distract Turkey from the developments in Syria. They aim to hit two birds with one stone. One is to accelerate the project in Syria and Iraq. The project belongs to a group within the American administration. The U.S. is undergoing a period similar to Turkey’s Feb. 28,” he said.Turkish-Iranian businessman Reza Zarrab was arrested in the U.S. last year on fraud and Iran sanctions-related charges.The Turkish government believes Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETÖ) is linked to the court case. The judge presiding over the case has proven links to FETÖ, and the alleged proof comprises of illegally obtained and fabricated evidence, including wiretap records by FETÖ-affiliated police officers.Opposition MHP leader: Sarraf should be tried in TurkeyUS support of terrorist groups in Syria“We will not allow the U.S. to establish a terror state near our borders. The game was to conceal the PYD, YPG and PKK as the SDF. Where will the weapons provided be used? Daesh has been eliminated. Who will the weapons be used against?” said Erdoğan“We can see that there is a terror corridor trying to be established in northern Syria. When it’s a matter of national security and sovereignty, the rest are details. Turkey will very soon completely destroy the threats in Syria,” he added.Turkey has criticized U.S. support for the PYD and its military YPG wing, the Syrian branches of the PKK, which has waged war against Turkey for more than 30 years.US, PKK loot Syrian oil, share spoilsAK Party: Ex-SDF man exposed the PKK/PYD terror games