The U.S. decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, above all, means punishing Palestinians who have proven numerous times that they side with peace instead of violence, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said during the Organization of Islamic Cooperation summit that convened in Istanbul Wednesday.

Erdoğan said he believed 196 countries in the world would display a common response to the U.S. decision, underlining that peace in Palestine could only be assured when the international community “stands by the truth and recognizes the free state of Palestine immediately.”

He called upon “all just countries” to protect Jerusalem as Palestine’s capital, adding that Muslim countries would never give upon the sovereignty and independence of Palestine.

Source: DAILY SABAH