President Erdogan of Turkey criticises Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as capital of Israel
Dec 07, 2017 World 2578 By Abdulkerimu Oare
- President Erdogan of Turkey criticises Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as capital of Israel.
- Accuses trump of throwing the region into a ring of fire.
- Urges political leaders to foster peace rather than stir things up.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey has fired strong words at U.S. President Donald Trump who recently announced the decision to move the American embassy
in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
The consequence of this move is that the U.S. now officially recognises Jerusalem which is a heavily contested city as part of Israel.
"Taking such a step throws particularly this region into a ring of fire. What would you like to do [with this step], Mr Trump? What kind of stance is it?" Erdogan said on Thursday, at Esenboga Airport in the capital Ankara, before leaving for a visit to Greece.
Although some world leaders have expressed their dissatisfaction with the move by U.S. President Trump, others such as the leader of Czech Republic have signalled their support.
Meanwhile, Saeb Erekat, the chief Palestinian negotiator, said Trump "destroyed any possibility of peace" and was "pushing this region towards chaos [and] violence".
"He is destroying all moderates in the region and giving power to extremists," Erekat told Al Jazeera.
"This is the most dangerous decision that any US president has ever taken."
Erekat said it is "meaningless" to have a Palestinian state without Jerusalem as its capital.