Turkey seeks United Nations help to foil USA decision on Jerusalem

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Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan delivers the opening speech during an Extraordinary Summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on last week's USA recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital, in Istanbul on December 13, 2017.

Additionally, Erdogan pledged to take more steps so that "the maximum number of countries" could recognize Palestine.

Erdoğan also said that Muslim countries will start new funds to protect Palestinian families, "preventing Israel's seizure of neighborhoods, houses, and workplaces belonging to Muslims".

Previously, US President Donald Trump proclaimed that the US recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

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He pointed out that Turkey will do its best to ensure that the "illegal and unjust decision" by the United States on Jerusalem is abolished.

But as the summit was being held, Saudi King Salman in Riyadh echoed the calls over Jerusalem, saying it was the "right" of the Palestinians to establish "their independent state with East Jerusalem as its capital".

Meanwhile, the decision by the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) to declare East Jerusalem as the capital of the State of Palestine has been rejected by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

The Turkish president also said the "process to include Palestine in global agreements and institutions should be sped up", according to The Independent.

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"We are aware of it but it is not in line with our position".

He said trying to turn Jerusalem into the capital of a "terror state" was "unacceptable for any belief system, particularly for Muslims".

A day after the summit, Turkey unveiled its intention to open its embassy in East Jerusalem.

Washington's move amounted to "a new test" that requires success for every Muslim person and every Muslim-majority country, he added, claiming that the move was "a precursor for new operations against Muslims".

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