Turkey aims to open embassy in East Jerusalem
Turkey intends to open an embassy in East Jerusalem, the country's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said.
Erdogan said in a speech to members of his AK Party that Turkey’s consulate general in Jerusalem was already represented by an ambassador.
"God willing, the day is close when officially, with God’s permission, we will open our embassy there," Reuters cited Erdogan as saying.
It was not clear how he would carry out the move, as Israel controls all of Jerusalem and calls the city its indivisible capital. Palestinians want the capital of a future state they seek to be in East Jerusalem, which Israel took in a 1967 war and later annexed in a move not recognized internationally.
The Muslim nation summit was a response to US President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. His move broke with decades of U.S. policy and international consensus that the city’s status must be left to Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations.