Baku, Azerbaijan, Dec. 6
By Rufiz Hafizoglu – Trend:
Turkey condemns the irresponsible statement of the US Administration declaring that it recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and it will be moving the US Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, said Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu on Dec.6.
“This decision is against international law and relevant UN Resolutions,” the minister said.
The Turkish Foreign Ministry, in a statement released on Dec.6, urged the US Administration to reconsider this faulty decision, “which may result in highly negative outcomes and to avoid uncalculated steps that will harm the multicultural identity and historical status of Jerusalem.”
President Donald Trump announced on Wednesday that the US will recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and that he will move the American embassy there once a location is secured.
“I have determined that it is time to officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel,” he said from the White House.
Israel proclaimed Jerusalem its capital after the end of the War of Independence in 1949. In 1967, after the Six Day War, it seized East Jerusalem and united it with the West Jerusalem, but the UN did not recognize this. Embassies of countries that have diplomatic relations with Israel are located mainly in Tel Aviv, Herzliya and Ramat Gan.