The main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) yesterday urged the government to cut ties with U.S. President Donald Trump after his controversial move recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital.
Speaking to journalists at Parliament on Monday, Öztürk Yılmaz, the deputy head of the CHP, slammed Trump's move. Yılmaz said that Trump made the decision "against the conscience of the international community." He called on Ankara to cut diplomatic ties with Trump, saying that if he comes to visit Turkey, he should be turned away.
"If you say that this decision is false, then you will isolate Trump," Yılmaz said. He added that his party would continue to support a sovereign and independent Palestine with East Jerusalem as its capital.
"It is our debt of honor to take out the dagger that was put into the heart of Jerusalem," he said.
"Jerusalem is the keystone of the Middle East," CHP Chairman Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu told a rally in the capital Ankara marking Women's Rights Day last week.