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Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says he will open an embassy in East Jerusalem

Turkish leader has led calls for world to recognise city as capital of independent Palestinian state

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The President greets his supporters during an opening ceremony of a new metro line in Istanbul on 15 December Reuters

Turkey will open an embassy in East Jerusalem, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said, days after leading calls at a summit of Muslim leaders for the world to recognise it as the capital of Palestine.

“God willing, the day is close when officially, with God’s permission, we will open our embassy there,” he said in a speech, while maintaining his fierce criticism of the US decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

The Turkish leader has been one of the loudest voices in a global chorus of condemnation over Donald Trump’s announcement – that the US would break with decades of established foreign policy by relocating its embassy from Tel Aviv.

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The Independent

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