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Istanbul to host OIC emergency meeting — Presidential spokesman

06 Diciembre 2017

During his presidential campaign, Trump promised to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag said the expected US move risked igniting a "fire" in the Middle East and will prove a "great disaster".

US President Donald Trump is expected to give a speech on Wednesday in which he could recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital. Jerusalem is our capital, and the time has come for the world to recognize this.

On Tuesday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned that the status of the city is a "red line" for Muslims, and that the move could even prompt Turkey to cut ties with Israel.

Israel claims the entire city as its undivided capital, while the Palestinians want the eastern sector as the capital of their future state.

"It is important to preserve Jerusalem's status for the sake of protecting peace in the region", he said, adding, "if another step is taken and this step is lifted, this will be a major catastrophe".

"The news that the U.S. administration will recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital is extremely worrying".

An emergency meeting of representatives of the member-states of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) will be held in Istanbul, Turkey December 13, the Turkish media cited Ibrahim Kalin, spokesman for the Turkish president, as saying Dec. 6.

"The status of Jerusalem and Al-Aqsa Mosque have been determined by international agreements".

The Turkish leader - who regards himself as a champion of the Palestinian cause - is due to hold talks later in Ankara with Jordanian King Abdullah II who is also a strong opponent of the move. Last year, Turkey and Israel ended a rift triggered by Israel's deadly storming of a Gaza-bound ship in 2010 that left 10 Turkish activists dead and led to a downgrading of diplomatic ties.

He added that the US intention is contrary to the international law.

The recognition will "throw the region and the world into a fire and it's not known when it will end", Bozdag, also government spokesman, wrote on Twitter.

Istanbul to host OIC emergency meeting — Presidential spokesman