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Turkey criticizes moving of US embassy to Jerusalem

Date: May 13, 2018 Author: Web Desk Category: Business & Finance General Short URL Comments: 0

Istanbul (UNA-OIC) - Mevlut Cavusoglu,Turkish foreign minister, on Saturday criticized Washington's unilateral decision to move its embassy to Jerusalem.

"This decision of the U.S. is wrong," Cavusoglu said, speaking in Istanbul at the Forum for Arab Journalists. "We need to take a common stance against this wrong decision. We are seeing some hesitancy within the Arab League recently, which is a mistake," he said.

Last December, U.S. President Donald Trump sparked international outrage when he unilaterally recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital and vowed to relocate Washington's embassy to the city.

The U.S. intends to officially relocate its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem on May 14 to coincide with the 70th anniversary of Israel's establishment in 1948 -- an event Palestinians refer to as the Nakba or The Catastrophe.

Cavusoglu reiterated Turkey's stance on Palestine, saying that even if every country remains silent on the Jerusalem issue "Turkey will not."

"Turkey will continue to defend the Jerusalem case for the Palestinians," the top diplomat added.

Jerusalem remains at the heart of the Palestine-Israeli conflict, with Palestinians seeking East Jerusalem -occupied by Israel since 1967 as the capital of an independent Palestinian state.

Source: International Islamic News Agency

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