Turkey, Palestinians warn of diplomatic cuts over Al-Quds

Turkey, Palestinians warn of diplomatic cuts over Al-Quds
Tue Dec 5, 2017 14:10:44

Turkey and the Palestinians warned on Tuesday of dire diplomatic repercussions if President Donald Trump goes ahead with a possible recognition of the hotly contested city of Al-Quds as Israel's capital.

ASSOCIATED PRESS--  Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told parliament that his country's response "could go as far as us cutting diplomatic ties with Israel."

A senior aide to Mahmoud Abbas warned that the Palestine could halt contacts with U.S. counterparts in response to such recognition.

American officials have said Trump may recognize Al-Quds as Israel's capital this week as a way to offset his likely decision to delay his campaign promise of moving the U.S. Embassy there. Trump's point-man on the Middle East, son-in-law Jared Kushner, later said the president hasn't decided yet what steps to take regarding Al-Quds.

Still, the possibility of such recognition has triggered mounting criticism and opposition by Muslim and Arab states.

The Arab League with almost two dozen member states was to discuss the controversy later Tuesday.


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