Pakistan, Turkey confer after US decision on Jerusalem
ISLAMABAD: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday called President Mamnoon Hussain to discuss the US president’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
During the conversation, both the leaders emphasized that the decision would negatively affect peace and stability in the Middle East.
Tayyip Erdogan said that there would be no lasting peace in the Middle East unless an independent and sovereign Palestinian state, with Eastern Jerusalem as its capital under the borders of 1967, is formed.
The Turkish President also discussed the issue with the leaders of Iran, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Malaysia, Tunisia and Sudan.
Donald Trump on Wednesday reversed decades of US policy by recognising Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and promising to move the US Embassy there.
Following the decision, hundreds of protesters gathered outside the U.S. consulate in Istanbul; on Thursday, there was a heavy police presence with uniformed soldiers patrolling the roof.