U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital has set the region ablaze, said Turkey’s president.
“Taking such a step throws particularly this region into a ring of fire. What would you like to do [with this step], Mr. Trump? What kind of stance is it?” Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Thursday, at Esenboga Airport in the capital Ankara, before leaving for a visit to Greece.
Political leaders should work to bring peace, not stir things up, he added.
Calling Jerusalem “also a sanctuary for Christians,” Erdogan added that he would speak to Pope Francis about Trump’s decision this evening or on Friday.
Stating that he has been continuing his telephone diplomacy over Jerusalem, Erdogan said that he would also speak to Russian President Vladimir Putin and leaders of Western countries such as Germany, Britain, France, and Spain about Trump’s decision.
“If he says ‘I am powerful, then I am right,’ he is wrong. Being powerful doesn’t mean being right.
"Those, who are right -- are powerful. He should know this," argued Erdogan.