'Trump Jerusalem move puts region in ring of fire'- Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Last Updated: Dec 07 2017 18:09

On Thursday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan slammed US President Donald Trump's decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, saying it would put the region in a “ring of fire”.

“Taking this type of step puts the world, especially the region, in a ring of fire,” Erdogan said in a speech to supporters at Ankara airport before heading on a visit to Greece.

“Hey, Trump! What do you want to do?” he said, addressing the US leader directly in one of Erdogan’s most familiar rhetorical habits.

“What kind of approach is this? Political leaders do not stir things up, they seek to make peace!” he added.

Erdogan denounced Trump of trying to be an agitator and said the decision “completely disregarded” the 1980 UN resolution on the contested city’s status.

“This is now not just the duty of Muslims, but also of humanity” to oppose the move, Erdogan added.