Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned his United States counterpart Donald Trump on Tuesday against a possible recognition of Jerusalem as the Israeli capital while Saudi Arabia expressed “grave and deep concern”.
“Mr Trump! Jerusalem is a red line for Muslims,” Erdogan said in a televised speech to his ruling party, warning that if such a move was taken Turkey would call a summit of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) and could even “go as far as” cutting its ties with the Jewish state.
US President Donald Trump faces a key decision this week over Jerusalem’s status, potentially reversing years of US policy and prompting a furious response from the Palestinians and the Arab world.
Meanwhile the official Saudi Press Agency, citing a foreign ministry source said: “Saudi Arabia (expresses) grave and deep concern over reports that the US administration intends to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, and to relocate its embassy to Jerusalem.”