Turkish FM slams US decision to move embassy to Jerusalem in May

Responding to the US State Department announcement that the US embassy will move to Jerusalem by May, the Turkish Foreign Ministry accused the US of ignoring international law, adding it will continue to "protect the rights of the Palestinian people."
Turkey's president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan Photo credit: Kremlin

The Turkish Foreign Ministry on Saturday sharply condemned the US over its announcement that it will move its embassy to Jerusalem as early as May, in honor of Israel's 70th anniversary.

In a statement, the ministry said the decision "undermines the foundations of peace" and ignores international law as well as the recent UN resolution against the Trump administration's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

"Unfortunately, the Americans don't seem to care about the voice of the international community," the ministry stated. "In response to this troubling decision, Turkey, along with the majority of the international community, will continue its efforts to protect the rights of the Palestinian people."

The US announced on Friday the early relocation of the embassy. According to State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert, the new embassy will first move to the US consular building. By the end of 2019, a new, permanent embassy building will be built.

On Friday, JOL reported that the White House is considering an offer from casino mogul Sheldon Adelson, a major contributor to Republicans and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, to help fund the construction of the new US embassy building in Jerusalem.

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