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US lost ‘mediator role’ in Middle East with embassy move, says Turkish president

Muslim Times(Web Desk) -Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says the United States has lost its role as mediator in the Middle East by moving its embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem al-Quds

Speaking on the Chatham House international affairs think tank in London on Monday, Erdogan said US had now become part of the problem not the solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

“With its latest step America has chosen to be a part of the problem, not a solution, and lost its mediator role in the Middle East peace process,” Erdogan said.

“We are rejecting once again this decision which violates international law and which is against UN resolutions,” he added.

Elsewhere in his remarks, the Turkish president also called the US embassy relocation from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem-al-Quds “very, very unfortunate” and said it “will increase tensions and ignite an even greater fire between communities.”

“The international community must do its part as soon as possible and take swift action to put an end to Israel’s increasing aggression,” Erdogan stressed.

“The establishment of an independent Palestinian state with Jerusalem [al-Quds] as its capital is the only way for lasting peace and stability,” he noted.

The remarks come as the United States opened its embassy in Jerusalem al-Quds in a ceremony attended by a White House delegation and Israeli regime officials on Monday.

The US moved its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem al-Quds after months of global outcry.

Monday also coincides with the 70th anniversary of Israel’s establishment in 1948 — an event Palestinians refer to as the “Nakba” or the “The Catastrophe.”

In the hours leading up to the inauguration, Israeli troops opened fire on Palestinians who have gathered near a Gaza fence for the climax of a six-week demonstration coinciding with the inauguration of the US embassy in Jerusalem al-Quds.

According to Gaza health officials, at least 43 Palestinians have been shot dead and hundreds have been wounded by Israeli snipers who are positioned along the fence, facing the protesters.

The occupied territories have witnessed new tensions ever since Trump on December 6, 2017 announced US recognition of Jerusalem al-Quds as Israel’s “capital.”

The dramatic decision triggered demonstrations in the occupied Palestinian territories as well as Iran, Turkey, Egypt, Jordan, Tunisia, Algeria, Iraq, Morocco and other Muslim countries.

The status of Jerusalem al-Quds is the thorniest issue in the decades-long Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Israel considers the entire city its capital, while the Palestinians see East Jerusalem as the capital of their future state.

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