“The statement by President Trump does not bind us, nor does it bind Jerusalem,” Erdogan said at an event held in Ankara, RIA Novosti reported.
Previously, the Turkish president lashed out at Tel Aviv, slamming Israel as “a terrorist state” and emphasizing that Ankara “will not abandon Jerusalem to the mercy of a state that kills children.”
Trump announced that the US would be recognizing Jerusalem al-Quds as Israel’s capital on Wednesday and ordered that work on the relocation of the American embassy from Tel Aviv to al-Quds begin.
The move was hailed by Israel but condemned by the rest of the international community as one which undermines the peace talks.
Washington’s al-Quds move has raised a chorus of outcry across the international community. The Muslim world, the UN and even US allies in the West have criticized the bid, saying it would plunge the already tumultuous region into new upheaval.
A few hours after Trump’s declaration regarding Jerusalem, Erdogan, as the current chairman of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), called for an emergency meeting on December 13 to convene in Istanbul.
On the eve of Trump’s announcement, Erdogan called Jerusalem the “red line for Muslims,” explaining that the US decision on the disputed area would be “a heavy blow for all mankind.”
Trump’s decision contradicts international law, Erdogan said earlier, adding that “being strong does not mean being right.”
Heavy clashes also broke out between Israeli troops and Palestinian protesters after Washington’s decision in Jerusalem al-Qud’s Old City, Hebron (al-Khalil), Bethlehem and Nablus in the West Bank as well as the besieged Gaza Strip.
People in different countries have also hit the streets to denounce Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem al-Quds as Israel’s capital.