On the final day of the OIC summit in Istanbul, Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said the day that Turkey opens its East Jerusalem embassy is ‘approaching.’

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Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said on Sunday his country will soon be opening an embassy in East Jerusalem.

Erdoğan’s statement was made on the sidelines of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) summit in Istanbul, which was convened in response to US President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

On Tuesday, the first day of the summit, Erdoğan said the issue of Jerusalem is seen by Turkey as a “red line,” and called Israel “an occupying power and a terror state.” He called Trump’s decision “provocative and unjust” and urged the US to retract it.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in response, “I’m not used to getting moral lectures from someone who has attacked the Kurds, blown up whole villages, assisted terrorists – including in Gaza – in killing innocent civilians and locked up journalists.”