President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron discussed the recent violence in Jerusalem following Israeli restrictions on Al-Aqsa Mosque.
According to presidential sources, Erdoğan and Macron agreed to work together to ensure peace and resolve the conflict as they voiced their concerns over the tension caused by Israeli restrictions and the losses of life.
The two leaders also discussed the ongoing Gulf crisis ahead of Erdoğan's two-day visit to Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and Qatar beginning tomorrow.
Anger has spilled over across the West Bank since last week when Israel shut the Al-Aqsa Mosque, revered by both Muslims and Jews, who call it Temple Mount, following a deadly shootout.
The mosque was reopened after a two-day closure, with Israel installing metal detectors at the mosque gates, which Palestinians say aim to change the status quo -- a delicate balance of prayer and visiting rights.
Israel, for its part, has refused to remove the detectors, claiming the security measures are similar to procedures taken at other holy sites around the world.
Israel occupied East Jerusalem during the 1967 Six-Day War.
It later annexed the city in 1980, claiming all of Jerusalem as the Jewish state's "eternal" capital -- a move never recognized by the international community.
Sacred to Muslims, Jews, and Christians, Jerusalem is home to the Al-Aqsa Mosque, which for Muslims represents the world's third-holiest site.
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