Turkey's Foreign Ministry: US tries put pressure on international community over Jerusalem

Turkey's Foreign Ministry: US tries put pressure on international community over Jerusalem

Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said the United States has isolated itself by recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and accused it of threatening countries that might vote against it on the matter at an emergency U.N. General Assembly session.

"We expect strong support at the UN vote, but we see that the United States, which was left alone, is now resorting to threats. No honorable, dignified country would bow down to this pressure," Cavusoglu told a news conference held together with his Palestinian counterpart Riyad al-Maliki.

With his December 6 decision, US President Donald Trump upset an international consensus enshrined in U.N. resolutions, that treated Jerusalem’s status as unresolved. Israel captured East Jerusalem in a 1967 war and Palestinians want it as the capital of a future state they seek, Reuters recalls.

Trump’s move stirred outrage among Palestinians and in the Arab world, and concern among Washington’s Western allies.

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