Rabat – Shortly after Donald Trump vowed to relocate the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and decided to recognize the holy city as Israel’s capital, the turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan has strongly attacked the Jewish State, calling it a “terrorist state” and “children killer”.
Erdogan has voiced his condemnation over Israel’s “disproportionate” intervention during Anti-US protests on Friday. “Palestine is an innocent victim […] As for Israel, it is a terrorist state, yes, terrorist!” said the Turkish leader.
The president made his speech just days after Trump vowed to relocate the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, and decided to recognize the area as Israel’s capital. Erdogan called Trump’s move as “null and void.”
On Saturday, foreign ministers at the Arab League Council held an emergency meeting in Cairo to discuss the US president’s recognition of the city of Al Quds as Israel’s capital. All the foreign ministers attending the meeting, including Morocco’s foreign affairs man, Nasser Bourita, strongly condemned Trump’s move.
During the meeting held at the request of Palestine, Jordan with the support of Morocco, Bourita called on countries in the region to use all diplomatic and legal means to defend the status of Jerusalem.
“We must undertake intense and pragmatic actions to face the American decision regarding Jerusalem’s status, and use all the diplomatic and legal means available to us to defend our rights,” said the Moroccan official.
King Mohammed VI, King Abdullah of Jordan and Salman bin Abdulaziz of Saudi Arabia, and Erdogan have strongly denounced the US recognition.
The King Mohamed VI ordered on December 7 the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation to convene a meeting with Stephanie Miley, the American Chargé d’Affaires in Morocco, as well as the Russian, Chinese, French, British and Palestinian Ambassadors to Morocco.
Ahmed Aboul Gheit, Secretary General of the Arab League urged all countries tosupport peace and refuse the decision of the US president. “ We consider the decision unfair and unjust. We call upon everyone to recognize Palestine as a state,” he added.
Sameh Shoukry, Egypt’s Foreign Minister said that Trump’s move will put the ‘region on the verge of explosion.”
Mohammed Bin Abdulrahman Al Thani, Qatar’s Foreign Minister called for “ all possible measures under international law.” Lebanon also supported the Palestinian cause. Gebran Bassil, Lebanese Foreign Minister called the Arab League to consider imposing sanctions on the US.
“Pre-emptive measures must be taken against the decision […] beginning with diplomatic measures, then political, economic and financial sanctions,” said the Lebanese official.
During the meeting, Bourita reiterated Morocco’s full support for the Palestinian cause and for the Palestinians people and their legitimate rights, especially the establishment of an independent state with East Jerusalem as its capital.
Bourita also affirmed that the kingdom will work on the issue together with Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian President and General Secretary of the Palestine Liberation Organization
For his part, Erdogan has invited on Muslim world leaders to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation’s special meeting, , which is set to take place on December 13.