March 22, 2019 / 8:02 AM / a month ago

Erdogan says Trump's Golan Heights statement threatens new crisis

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan greets his supporters during the opening ceremony of Wonderland Eurasia in Ankara, Turkey, March 20, 2019. Cem Oksuz/Presidential Press Office/Handout via REUTERS

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump’s statement that it was time to recognize Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights has brought the region to the edge of a new crisis, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday.

In a speech at a meeting of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, Erdogan said: “we cannot allow the legitimisation of the occupation of the Golan Heights”.

Reporting by Ezgi Erkoyun and Ali Kucukgocmen; Writing by Daren Butler

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