Turkey's Erdogan: Trump's Recognition of Jerusalem Throws Region Into 'Ring of Fire'

U.S. decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital completely disregards UN resolution, Turkish president says

Protesters wave Palestinian flags during a demonstration against the US and Israel in front of the US consulate in Istanbul on December 6, 2017
Protesters wave Palestinian flags during a demonstration against the US and Israel in front of the US consulate in Istanbul on December 6, 2017 OZAN KOSE/AFP

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Thursday the United States' decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital completely disregarded a 1980 United Nations resolution regarding the status of the city.

Erdogan also said the decision would throw the region into a "ring of fire." He was speaking to supporters at the airport in Ankara before departing to Greece for an official visit.

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The Iraqi government said Thursday that Iraq demands the U.S. administration backtracks on its decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

The United Arab Emirates also denounced Trump's recognition of Jerusalem, state news agency reported.