'Leaders across the Middle East warned on Wednesday that President Donald Trump's anticipated announcement recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital would inflame Muslim feelings worldwide and bring further chaos and instability to the region.
A Turkish government spokesman said that the move will plunge the region and the world into 'a fire with no end in sight'.
Criticism poured in from Tehran and Ankara to war-ravaged Syria and Pope Francis, reflecting the anxiety ahead of Wednesday's expected announcement, which upends decades of US policy.
In a frantic series of calls, the leaders of Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Jordan, the European Union, France, Germany and Turkey all warned Trump against the move.
Pope Francis voiced 'deep concern' over Trump's decision, and called for all to honour United Nations resolutions on the city, which is sacred to Jews, Christians and Muslims.
'Declaring Jerusalem a capital is disregarding history and the truths in the region, it is a big injustice/cruelty, shortsightedness, foolishness/madness, it is plunging the region and the world into a fire with no end in sight,' Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag said on Twitter.
'I call on everyone to act logically, respect the agreements they signed and behave reasonably, avoid risking world peace for domestic politics or other reasons,' he said.'
Read more: Turkey warns Trump is 'plunging the world into a fire with no end in sight' as Middle East leaders and the Pope condemn upcoming decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital
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