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Turkey not to change its policy on Palestine, Ankara says




(MENAFN - Trend News Agency ) Baku, Azerbaijan, Dec. 19

By Rufiz Hafizoglu – Trend:

Turkey will not change its policy regarding Palestine, Ibrahim Kalin, special adviser and spokesperson of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, said, Turkish media reported Dec. 19.

"Turkey once again calls on the US to change its decision regarding recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel," he said.

Previously, US President Donald Trump proclaimed that the US recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Israel proclaimed Jerusalem its capital after the end of the War of Independence in 1949. In 1967, after the Six Days War, it seized East Jerusalem and united it with the West Jerusalem, but the UN did not recognize this. Embassies of countries that have diplomatic relations with Israel are located mainly in Tel Aviv, Herzliya and Ramat Gan.

On Dec. 18, the US as a permanent member of the UN Security Council vetoed a UNSC resolution that doesn't recognize changing Jerusalem's status. The remaining 14 UNSC members voted in favor of the resolution.

On Dec. 13, East Jerusalem was declared the capital of Palestine in a resolution adopted by the OIC emergency summit in Istanbul. The OIC also urged all countries to condemn the US decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

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