Turkey joins criticism of US veto on Jerusalem

AP , Tuesday 19 Dec 2017

Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos (not pictured) talks with his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan)during a meeting at the Presidential Mansion in Athens, Greece December 7, 2017 (Photo: Reuters)

Turkey has criticized the U.S. veto of a U.N. resolution that would have required President Donald Trump to rescind his declaration of Jerusalem as Israel's capital, saying Washington has lost its "impartiality" in the Middle East.

A Turkish Foreign Ministry statement on Monday said the fact that the resolution was approved by the 14 other Security Council members is "the most concrete indication of the illegitimacy" of the U.S. decision on Jerusalem.

The statement added that the veto had left the U.N. Security Council "in a state of failure" and said Turkey would continue to stand by the "Palestinian state and its people."

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has been among the most vocal critics of Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem.

Last week, the 57-member of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, meeting in Istanbul, declared east Jerusalem the capital of occupied Palestine.

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