Turkey is starting initiatives at the United Nations to annul a decision by the United States to recognize al-Quds (Jerusalem) as Israeli regime’s capital, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said on Friday.
Speaking to crowds gathered in the central Anatolian city of Konya via teleconference, Erdogan said that Turkey would first seek annulment of the move in the Security Council, and if that failed it would try at the UN General Assembly.
Erdogan also praised initiatives to increase international recognition of the state of Palestine. “Muslim countries are starting new funds to protect Palestinian families,” he said.
“No country is above international law. Muslims will not bow down to this double standard and injustice. Turkey is determined to fulfil its duty regarding this issue. We will use all mechanisms possible to hold those who are disregarding the law to account,” Erdogan said.
“We have started efforts to ensure that the state of Palestine is recognized by more countries. There are 137 countries which currently recognize Palestine. We hope to increase this number,” he added, according to Yeni Safak.
Despite widespread international opposition, US President Donald Trump last week announced his decision to recognize al-Quds (Jerusalem) as Israeli regime’s capital and said preparations would begin to move the US embassy there.