Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan expressed his hope to open a Turkish embassy to Palestine in East Jerusalem, during a local AK Party meeting in the Turkish town of Cankiri on Sunday.
«We have already announced it [Jerusalem] as the capital of Palestine a while ago. But, since Jerusalem is under siege, we cannot open our Embassy there,» said Erdogan, before continuing, «God willing the... Еще day is close when, with God's permission, we will open our embassy there soon.»
During his speech, Erdogan also claimed Jerusalem is historically Muslim and Christian, and not Jewish. «You cannot assign Jerusalem, which is a capital for Muslims, to Jews, nor to Hebrews. There is an ancient history of Muslims and Christians here, but not of others,» he claimeds.
Erdogan’s announcement comes days after he led the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) summit in Istanbul, where he called Muslim leaders to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Palestine.