President Erdogan of Turkey says "Jerusalem is ours"

President Erdogan or Turkey has been pursuing an increasingly aggressive and forward leaning foreign policy

The President of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, made a speech in the Capital, Ankara, on Thursday, in which he stated that Jerusalem "belongs" to Turkey.

He said:

In this city [Jerusalem] that we had to leave in tears during the First World War, it is still possible to come across traces of the Ottoman resistance. So, Jerusalem is our city...

The Ottoman Empire ruled over Jerusalem from 1516 to 1917.

Turkey has been perusing an ever bolder expansionist policy and Erdogan's statement has to be placed in the context of Turkish support for Azerbaijan in its conflict with Armenia, the establishment of a Turkish military presence in Syria and tensions with Greece over Ankara's territorial expansion into the Mediterranean.

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