Tue. Dec 12 2017

Erdogan: Trump's move on Jerusalem sets region ablaze

If Trump thinks he doing the right thing because he is strong, he is wrong, Erdogan said.

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US President Donald Trump's decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital has set the region ablaze, said Turkey’s president Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Thursday.

“Taking such a step throws particularly this region into a ring of fire. What would you like to do [with this step], Trump? What kind of stance is it?” Erdogan said at Esenboga Airport in the capital Ankara, before leaving for a visit to Greece. 

Criticising the crazy American president, Erdogan said that political leaders should work to bring peace, not stir things up.

He called Jerusalem, which is sacred for Muslims, “also a sanctuary for Christians.” He said he would speak to Pope Francis about Trump’s decision this evening or on Friday. 

Stating that he has been continuing his telephone diplomacy over Jerusalem, Erdogan said that he would also speak to Russian President Vladimir Putin and leaders of Western countries such as Germany, Britain, France and Spain about Trump’s decision.

“If he says ‘I am powerful, then I am right,’ he is wrong. Being powerful does not mean being right… Those, who are right are powerful. He should know this,” argued Erdogan. 

Trump announced his decision on Wednesday despite widespread international opposition to formally recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

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