US decision puts the world in ‘ring of fire’
– Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan yesterday lashed out at US counterpart Donald Trump’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, saying it would put the region in a “ring of fire”.
“Taking this type of step puts the world, especially the region, in a ring of fire,” Erdogan said in a speech to supporters at Ankara airport before heading on a visit to Greece.
“Hey Trump! What do you want to do?” he said, addressing the US leader directly in one of Erdogan’s familiar rhetorical habits.
“What kind of approach is this? Political leaders do not stir things up, they seek to make peace!” he added.
There were chants of “damn Israel!” and boos from Erdogan supporters when the president first mentioned the US move.
In a speech on Wednesday, Trump overturned decades of US policy with a decision to recognise the disputed city.
He also kicked off the process of moving the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. – AFP