World leaders warn Trump over Jerusalem
World leaders have warned and blasted President Donald Trump for his anticipated announcement recognising Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
The leaders including Pope Francis said the move would inflame Muslim feelings worldwide and bring further chaos and instability to the region.
A Turkish government spokesman said that the move will plunge the region and the world into ‘a fire with no end in sight.
Criticism poured in from Tehran and Ankara to war-ravaged Syria and Pope Francis against the announcement.
In a frantic series of calls, the leaders of Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Jordan, the European Union, France, Germany and Turkey all warned Trump against the move.
President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said his government could sever diplomatic ties with Israel over this issue.
Pope Francis openly criticised Trump’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
He called for the status quo of Jerusalem to be respected, and for ‘wisdom and prudence’ to prevail in order to avoid further conflict.
The pope said he was ‘profoundly concerned’ about recent developments concerning Jerusalem. He declared the city a unique and sacred place for Muslims, Christians and Jews that has a ‘special vocation for peace’.
‘I pray to the Lord that its identity is preserved and strengthened for the benefit of the Holy Land, the Middle East and the whole world’.
Francis expressed his hope for ‘peace and prosperity’ for the Palestinian people, and called for dialogue that respects the rights of everyone in the Holy Land.
The Holy See [The Catholic Church] recognised the Palestinian state in 2015.