Erdogan: US lost its status as mediator in Middle East peace process

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Their talk revolved around the Monday opening-relocation of the American embassy in Jerusalem and the ongoing violence between the Israelis and Palestinians due to the move, especially on the Gaza-Israeli border.

Under the 1993 Oslo peace accords shepherded by then USA president Bill Clinton, the status of Jerusalem, including whether East Jerusalem will be the capital of a Palestinian state, was to be agreed in future negotiations.

"Israel is a terrorist state", said Erdoğan. Israel is a terrorist state.

"Israel is carrying out a genocide". It proves this with the steps it is taking now as a terrorist state.

"The establishment of an independent Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital is the only way for lasting peace and stability", he said.

"What Israel is doing is a genocide, and it is not doing this genocide for the first time today".

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He also said Turkey had called for an emergency meeting of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, to be held on Friday.

Erdogan said there would be three days of mourning for those killed in Gaza and planned a large rally in Istanbul for Friday.

He said the Turkish Red Crescent would deliver humanitarian aid and medical equipment to hospitals in Gaza and has made an emergency purchase of $100,000 for this objective.

Turkey's President Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday the United States had forfeited its role as a mediator in the Middle East by moving its Israel embassy to Jerusalem. I urge Christians, Jews and believers of other religions who have common sense to raise their voices against this injustice.

Moroccan King Mohammed VI wrote in a letter to Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas that he was "monitoring with concern" the U.S. recognition of Jerusalem as the Israeli capital, the MAP news agency reported.

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