Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu has said if the United States had cut the its aid to the Palestinian refugees, Turkey would not leave them alone.
“Turkey will never leave Palestine alone when it comes to humanitarian aid and developmental projects, nor will it politically,” he said.
Regarding US threats to the countries, which stand beside the Palestinians, he said: “If the US threats had worked, we would not have seen such an overwhelming defeat during the UN vote against Trump’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.”
Last week, Trump also threatened to cut aid to Palestine following an embarrassing diplomatic defeat at the UN. Today, US official said that Trump is likely to cut half of the US aid to the UN.
"We pay the Palestinians HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS a year and get no appreciation or respect," Trump had said on Twitter.
The Turkish foreign minister said Trump’s threats would only vilify and discredit the US
He said if the US cuts aid to Palestine, Turkey would not stay silent. “I hope other countries show the same sensitivity.
“I hope ambassadors who preferred going on holiday to escape from pressure during the UN voting [on Trump’s Jerusalem decision] will be more sensitive about aiding Jerusalem, Palestine and Gaza.”
He said Turkey would continue raising the issue of rights of Palestinian people.
“Turkey intensified its efforts for recognizing Palestine as a state and it would increase them even more. The last time we brought up this issue was in France.”