Trump's Middle East ‘deal of the century' is ‘occupation plan', Turkey's Erdogan tells Pakistani parliament
Added 02-14-20 06:37:02am EST - “Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan blasted US President Donald Trump's Middle East peace proposal and vowed to back Pakistan on the issue of Kashmir as he gave a speech to lawmakers in Islamabad.” - Rt.com
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Erdogan railed against Trump’s much-touted roadmap for Israel and Palestine while addressing Pakistan’s parliament on Friday.
“The plan… is not a peace project but in fact, a project for occupation,” he said, as quoted by local media.
The Turkish leader noted that Ankara “gave the biggest reaction” to Trump’s initiative, which was quickly rejected by the Palestinians and widely dismissed throughout the Muslim world as skewed in favor of Israel. The plan includes the creation of an “independent” Palestinian state in the form of multiple enclaves within Israeli territory.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu praised the US president’s deal, saying that his country is offering Palestine “conditional, limited sovereignty.”
After Trump’s plan was unveiled in late January, Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry issued a statement, affirming support for a two-state solution within the pre-1967 borders between Israel and Palestine, with Jerusalem as the Palestinian capital. This corresponds with the demands of the Palestinians, who have been urging Tel Aviv to hand over the territories it occupied during the Six-Day War of 1967. Trump, on the other hand, has recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
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