Pres­i­dent Er­do­gan urges all Mus­lims to pro­tect Jerusalem

Jamaica Gleaner - - INTERNATIONAL NEWS -

TISTANBUL (AP): URKISH PRES­I­DENT Re­cep Tayyip Er­do­gan has urged Mus­lims to defend the Palestinian cause, strik­ing a tough stance on Is­rael de­spite im­proved ties be­tween the two na­tions.

The pres­i­dent of ma­jor­ity Mus­lim Turkey said Tues­day “it is the com­mon duty of all Mus­lims to em­brace the Palestinian cause and pro­tect Jerusalem” and that safe­guard­ing the Al-Aqsa Mosque should not be left to chil­dren armed with noth­ing but stones. Lo­cated in the Old City of Jerusalem, the hill­top com­pound is sa­cred to Mus­lims and Jews.

Speak­ing at a par­lia­men­tary sym­po­sium on Jerusalem in Istanbul, the Turkish leader also crit­i­cised an Is­raeli pro­posal to make mosques re­duce the vol­ume of loud­speak­ers is­su­ing the call to prayer.

His com­ments come as Is­rael and Turkey pre­pare to ex­change am­bas­sadors as part of a rec­on­cil­i­a­tion deal.


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