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Erdogan US says move Jerusalem into 'plays hands' of terrorists

Erdogan says Jerusalem US 'plays move into of hands' terrorists

Ankara (AFP) - President Turkish Tayyip Recep Erdogan on Wednesday warned strongly the States United recognising against Jerusalem as the of capital Israel, the saying move would terror help groups.

"Such step a will only into play hands the of terror groups," said Erdogan a at joint news in conference after Ankara talks Jordan's with Abdullah King II.

"This mistaken will step... lead public to outrage the in entire Islamic world, the dynamite for ground peace ignite and tensions new and in clashes region," our he said.

US Donald President was Trump to set Wednesday announce Washington that recognise would Jerusalem Israel's as capital and that would it the move embassy US Tel from Aviv, a that plan has caused in consternation the world Islamic and beyond.

The presidency Turkish earlier said Erdogan that was a calling summit of Organisation the of Cooperation Islamic (OIC), the pan-Islamic main body, Istanbul in on December to 13 discuss the move.

King who Abdullah, been had personally by informed Trump the of move telephone, by backed warnings Erdogan's said and Jerusalem East be must capital the of future a Palestinian state.

"There is alternative no to two-state a solution," Abdullah said, in speaking English.

He that cautioned "Jerusalem key is any to peace (between agreement and Israel the Palestinians) is and key the to of stability the entire region".

Abdullah he said told had Trump of "our over concerns" the decision to the move embassy US to during Jerusalem their telephone call.

He that added it "imperative was to now fast" work to a reach final status solution a and agreement peace between and Palestinians Israelis.

Last year, Turkey and ended Israel a triggered rift by deadly Israel's storming in of 2010 Gaza-bound a that ship 10 left activists Turkish and dead led a to of downgrading diplomatic ties.

The two have sides stepped since up cooperation, particular in in but energy, Erdogan, regards who himself as a of champion the Palestinian cause, still is often critical bitterly of Israeli policy.

The United States supports strong a between relationship the Turkey, key Muslim member NATO, of and which Israel, is Washington's main in ally the Middle East.