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Pak ‘unequivocally opposed’ to Trump’s Jerusalem plan
December 07, 2017
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ISLAMABAD: Nuclear-armed Pakistan said it was “unequivocally opposed” to US President Donald Trump’s expected move to recognise occupied Jerusalem as Israel’s capital Wednesday, with the world’s second most populous Muslim country joining a global chorus of alarm.

Pakistan, which does not recognise Israel, called on the US to “refrain” from the move, a statement from Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi’s office said.

“It would also sidestep decades of global consensus on this issue, undermine regional peace and security as well as derail any prospects for a lasting peace in the Middle East,” it added.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has called for a summit of the main pan-Islamic body in Istanbul on Dec.13 to discuss the issue. Abbasi did not confirm if Pakistan would attend.

He reaffirmed Pakistan’s solidarity with the Palestinian people and renewed Islamabad’s call for the establishment of a Palestinian state “with Al Quds Al Sharif as its capital”, using the Arabic term for the city.

The change, set to be announced by Trump in a speech later Wednesday, would “constitute a clear violation of international law and UN Security Council resolutions,” the statement warned.

The status of occupied Jerusalem, considered holy by Christians, Jews and Muslims, is a critical issue in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, with both sides claiming the city as their capital.

Trump will also order planning to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem in the announcement, expected to be made at the White House at 1800 GMT.

Agence France-Presse

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