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US recognition of Jerusalem risks igniting 'fire' in region

Erdogan phones leaders over US move on Jerusalem US recognition of Jerusalem risks igniting 'fire' in region
Orlondo Matamoros | Diciembre 06, 2017, 14:12

The United States supports a strong relationship between Turkey, the key Muslim member of NATO, and Israel, which is Washington's main ally in the Middle East.

Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag told reporters yesterday that his country's position towards Jerusalem had not changed, warning that if the US declared Jerusalem as the capital of Israel the situation would be catastrophic, the Anadolu Agency reported.

Kalın's remarks came after U.S. media reported last week that U.S. President Donald Trump was mulling relocating the American embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and the formal recognition of the city as Israel's capital.

"We hope that the U.S. administration does not make this calamitous mistake" Kalın said, adding that the protection of Jerusalem and the Haram al-Sharif (Noble Sanctuary), also known as the Temple Mount, is critical.

Earlier today, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called the status of Jerusalem a "red line" for Muslims.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu told reporters in Brussels ahead of meeting US counterpart Rex Tillerson that the move is a "mistake" that "will not bring stability and peace but rather chaos and instability". "The days of the sultan and the Ottoman Empire have passed".

Kalın highlighted that such a step would completely destroy the already fragile peace process in the Middle East and create new tensions and conflict. "The US embassy and the embassies of the rest of the world should be housed in Jerusalem". Last year, Turkey and Israel ended a rift triggered by Israel's deadly storming of a Gaza-bound ship in 2010 that left 10 Turkish activists dead and led to a downgrading of diplomatic ties. It later annexed east Jerusalem in a move never recognised by the international community.

Erdogan - who regards himself as a champion of the Palestinian cause - is due to hold talks later in Ankara with Jordanian King Abdullah II who is also a strong opponent of the move.

He added that the US intention is contrary to the international law.