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Turkey will never recognize US Mideast plan: Erdogan

Atta Ur Rehman KhanWeb Editor & Columnist

01st Feb, 2020. 12:07 am
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ANKARA: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday blasted on several Arab countries for backing a Middle East peace plan unveiled by the United States.

U.S. President Donald Trump released on Tuesday his plan at the White House alongside Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, with no Palestinian officials present.

According to the sources of Anadolu Agency, The so-called peace plan unilaterally annuls previous UN resolutions on the Palestinian issue and suggests giving Israel almost everything it demanded.

Erdogan stressed that a “rogue state” such as Israel, which executes innocents on the streets, is completely unacceptable for Turkey.

“Leaving Jerusalem entirely in Israel’s bloody claws will be the greatest evil for all humanity,” he added.

“Some Arab countries that support such a plan commit treason against Jerusalem, as well as against their own people, and more importantly against all humanity,” Erdogan told his party’s provincial heads in Ankara.

Trump proposes Palestinian state with capital in eastern Jerusalem

Earlier on January 29, U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday proposed creation of a Palestinian state with a capital in eastern Jerusalem, dependent on Palestinians taking steps to become self-governing, in an effort to achieve a peace breakthrough in their decades of conflict with Israel.

According to the sources of Reuters, Senior administration officials, on the details of a plan the president was due to announce at the White House at mid-day, said that under Trump’s proposed Middle East peace plan the United States will recognize Israeli settlements on the occupied West Bank.

In exchange, Israel would agree to accept a four-year freeze on new settlement activity while Palestinian statehood is negotiated, the officials said.

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