Hamas 'appreciates' Erdogan's position on Jerusalem

Turkey and Jordan are the most affected countries from the civil war in Syria

Turkey and Jordan are the most affected countries from the civil war in Syria

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan reacted strongly to reports that Trump could also decide to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

As for Turkey, Erdogan said Ankara would "follow this struggle to the very last moment with determination and we could even go right up to cutting our diplomatic relations with Israel".

This warning to US President Trump by Turkey's President Erdogan was made in no uncertain terms and this could lead to the end of diplomatic relations with Israel.

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"The US president not making a statement in this direction is vital for the future of the region and global peace", Yildirim said.

"Israel is a sovereign state and Jerusalem is its capital", Katz tweeted.

If Washington recognises Jerusalem as Israel's capital, it would be the first country to do so since the foundation of the state in 1948. Monday was the deadline for Trump to sign a six-month waiver to the 1995 "Jerusalem Embassy Act", which mandates the relocation of the embassy.

The United States is a strong supporter of a strong relationship between Turkey, the key Muslim member of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, and Israel, which is Washington's main ally in the Middle East.

Education Minister Naftali Bennett, head of the Jewish Home party, blasted Erdogan for his comments.

What is so contentious about Jerusalem's status?

Palestine, status of Jerusalem, Syria, Iraq and the latest developments in the region will also be top agenda of the meetings.

Turkey's stance is "unique" against a plan by the U.S. to relocate its embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, Hamas spokesperson Sami Abu Zuhri said Tuesday.

The Arab leader said this during a meeting in Cairo of Arab League representatives, who gathered to discuss President Donald Trump's possible recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

Meanwhile, a senior aide to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas told AP that the Palestinian leadership could halt s with United States counterparts in response to such recognition.

If the USA recognises Jerusalem as Israel's capital, it will put it out-of-step with the rest of the global community and reinforce Israel's position that settlements in the east are valid Israeli communities.

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