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Turkish FM slams Arab’s weak response to US al-Quds decision

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu has lashed out at some Arab countries over their “weak” reaction to US recognition of al-Quds as Israel’s capital.

According to Press TV, Cavusoglu said on Tuesday “Some Arab countries have shown very weak responses (on al-Quds),” noting, “It seems some countries are very timid of the United States.”

“We will make a call for countries that have so far not recognized Palestine to do so now,” he said. “…We want the United States to turn back from its mistake.”

On Wednesday, US President Donald Trump announced his decision to recognize al-Quds as Israel’s capital and relocate the US embassy in the occupied lands from Tel Aviv to al-Quds.

The dramatic shift in Washington’s al-Quds policy drew fierce criticism from the international community, including the US Western allies, and triggered demonstrations in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, Iran, Turkey, Egypt, Jordan, Tunisia, Algeria, Iraq, Morocco and other countries across the world.

Turkey has called for an emergency meeting of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in Istanbul on Wednesday to discuss Washington’s move. Ankara had warned before Trump made his declaration that any change in the status quo of al-Quds would lead to a new catastrophe in the Middle East.

Cavusoglu stressed that the OIC meeting must stand up to what he described as Washington’s “I am a super power, I can do anything” mentality.