Turkey rejects ‘fait accompli’ in Jerusalem: Erdoğan

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President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Saturday said Turkey rejects that the issue of Israel declaring Jerusalem as its capital is a done deal.

“We reject efforts to create new fait accompli in Jerusalem,” Erdoğan told at the 5th Summit of Heads of State of the Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA) in Tajikistan’s capital Dushanbe.

The conference is discussing political, economic, humanitarian and environmental issues, new challenges and threats.

Erdoğan said Turkey has an active stance on Palestine issue. He also called on all the countries to respect the U.N. resolutions and the historical and legal status of Jerusalem.

Jerusalem remains at the heart of the perennial Mideast conflict, with Palestinians hoping East Jerusalem — occupied by Israel since 1967 — might eventually serve as the capital of an independent Palestinian state.

Erdoğan also address the conflict in Syria, saying that Turkey is doing its best to end the civil war in Syria and ensure stability there. He reiterated that Turkey hosts nearly 4 million Syrians.

Erdoğan said Turkey is fighting against the PKK, its Syrian affiliate People’s Protection Units (YPG) and Daesh terror group, all of which threaten the future of Syria. He said efforts to eliminate one terror group by arming another, as the U.S. has done with its support for YPG in its fight against Daesh, will only result in more bloodshed.

Turning to the disputed region of Kashmir, Erdoğan said Turkey supports resolving the issue through dialogue between Pakistan and India based on relevant U.N. resolutions in line with the expectations of the Kashmiri people.

On the plight of the oppressed Rohingya people, he added that Turkey is closely following their situation and hopes this humanitarian crisis will end as soon as possible.

Finally, Erdoğan reiterated that Turkey supports efforts to end violence and establish peace in Afghanistan.

Following the conference, Erdoğan held bilateral meetings with Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, Chinese President Xi Jinping and Qatari Emir Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani.

Earlier Saturday, Erdoğan met with his Tajik counterpart Emomali Rahmon in Dushanbe.The meeting lasted around half an hour at the presidential palace.

Following the meeting, Erdoğan and the participating heads of state and government posed for CICA family photo.

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