The U.S. decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital will be remembered in the history of democracy as an unfortunate decision, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said Friday, with the United Nations General Assembly vote showing once again that there are problems in United Nations Security Council structure.

Speaking in Istanbul before the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) provincial chairmen, Erdoğan said that the U.S. attitude prior to the U.N. vote on Jerusalem will be remembered in the history of democracy as an unfortunate decision.

Erdoğan noted that the countries who abstained and skipped the U.N. General Assembly vote most likely wanted to vote against the U.S. decision on Jerusalem, but they were threatened by the White House. “Until the last moment our evaluation was that there would be 160 to 190 votes for [the resolution] but the White House started making telephone calls, they threatened, openly threatened these countries one by one,” he said.

“The UNGA displayed an honorable stance by accepting the resolution with 128 votes for and 9 against in spite of the threats,” he added.