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Erdogan, Putin say Trump's Jerusalem decision harms regional peace, stability

Xinhua,December 08, 2017 Adjust font size:

ANKARA, Dec. 7 (Xinhua) -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin discussed on Thursday the latest developments in Jerusalem over the phone, state-run Anadolu Agency reported.

Erdogan and Putin agreed that the U.S. decision on Jerusalem will negatively impact the peace and stability in the region, Anadolu quoted a presidential source as saying.

The two leaders also highlighted the importance of UN Security Council on solving the dispute.

Earlier in the day, Erdogan criticized U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, saying the move was "throwing the region into a circle of fire."

Thousands of people holding flags of Palestine and banners on Thursday demonstrated in front of the U.S. Embassy and consulates in Turkey's main cities, protesting against the Jerusalem decision made by Trump.

A day earlier, Trump formally recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and instructed the State Department to begin the procedure of moving the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Enditem