Opposing Trump, President Erdogan says Turkey will open embassy in East Jerusalem
ANKARA - Turkey will open an embassy in East Jerusalem, President Tayyip Erdogan has said, days after leading calls at a summit of Muslim leaders for the world to recognise it as the capital of Palestine.
"God willing, the day is close when officially, with God's permission, we will open our embassy there," he said in a speech, while maintaining his fierce criticism of the United States' decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital.
The Turkish leader has been one of the loudest voices in a global chorus of condemnation over Donald Trump's announcement that the US would break with decades of established foreign policy by relocating its embassy from Tel Aviv.
The draft declaration by the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) was issued following an extraordinary meeting of the 57-state group to hammer out a unified response to President Trump's decision.
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