The Gaza Post|The News of Palestine-Ankara
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his Palestinian counterpart Mahmoud Abbas spoke over the phone Saturday to discuss the status of Jerusalem, according to a Turkish presidential source.
The leaders also discussed the latest developments in Palestine, the source said on condition of anonymity due to restrictions on talking to the media.
Erdoğan emphasized that an independent and sovereign Palestinian state should be established with East Jerusalem as its capital.
The president reiterated Turkey’s ongoing support for the “just cause” of the Palestinian people, adding lifting restrictions on Gaza would significantly contribute to peace.
Abbas, for his part, thanked Erdoğan for his sensitivity and support.
The phone call comes amid media reports about purported plans by U.S. President Donald Trump to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital on Wednesday.