USA has lost 'mediator role' in Middle East: Turkish President Erdogan

  • USA has lost 'mediator role' in Middle East: Turkish President Erdogan

USA has lost 'mediator role' in Middle East: Turkish President Erdogan

The Turkish president made the comments in an interview with BBC Arabic on Sunday, saying the occupying regime "is sowing fear and pushing" the Middle East "region to war".

The Turkish leader also denounced an Israeli airstrike on Syria that took place three days ago, calling it an attack on the sovereignty of the beleaguered nation, now in its seventh year of civil war.

Chief US ally Britain reiterated its stated objection to the move, while the Iranian speaker of parliament said it showed that US President Donald Trump is "feebleminded" and "incapable of evaluating the long-term consequences of his actions".

It was one of a series of pointed criticisms Mr Erdogan made of the USA, whose...

Both friends and foes of the United States voiced criticism Monday as Washington opened its embassy in the disputed city of Jerusalem, saying the move would fan Middle East tensions.

A White House delegation and Israeli officials are set to attend an inauguration ceremony for the USA embassy later on Monday and there have been clashes between Palestinians and Israeli forces along the Gaza border.

According to Erdogan, Trump's decision further isolates the USA diplomatically.

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