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Arab world denounces Trump’s decision
December 08, 2017
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RIYADH: The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has denounced the US decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. The Saudi Press Agency (SPA), quoted a statement issued by the Saudi Royal Court as saying that the Kingdom expresses great disappointment on the announcement made by the US President Donald Trump, recognising Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and relocating the United States’ embassy to Jerusalem.

The statement said, “Saudi Arabia had previously warned of the serious consequences of such an irresponsible and unwarranted step. The Kingdom expresses it‘s denunciation and deep regret that the administration has taken this step, as it represents a great bias against the historic and permanent rights of the Palestinian people in Jerusalem, which have been affirmed by the relevant international resolutions and have been recognised and supported by the international community.

Bahrain

The Kingdom of Bahrain has affirmed that the decision of the US administration to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel threatens the peace process in the Middle East and disrupts all initiatives and negotiations to reach the anticipated final solution.

According to the Bahrain News Agency (BNA), the Kingdom said that it is also a clear violation of international resolutions that affirm the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people without any prejudice to them and that East Jerusalem is an occupied territory whose occupation must be ended.

Bahrain has also stressed its steadfastness in supporting the aspirations of the Palestinian people and their legitimate right to establish an independent Palestinian state on the 4th June, 1967 borders with East Jerusalem as its capital, stressing the importance of preserving the pivotal role of the US to reach a two-state solution based on international resolutions and the Arab Peace Initiative.

Kuwait

The State of Kuwait has expressed “profound regret” over Trump’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and his plans to move the US embassy to the Holy City.

According to the Kuwait News Agency (KUNA), in a statement on Wednesday, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that such a unilateral move contravenes the UN resolutions on maintaining the political, historical, legal and humanitarian status quo in Jerusalem.

“The US decision runs counter to the international laws and conventions, and puts in peril the future of the Middle East peace process,” it said.

The statement also expressed concern over the adverse repercussions of the US move on security, peace and stability in the region, which is already fraught with peril.

OIC

The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), has expressed “deep regret” over Trump’s announcement recognising Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and his orders to move his country’s embassy to the city, which it said is provoking to Muslim sentiment.

In a statement, the OIC expressed its rejection of the decision and considered it as a violation of the political, legal and historical status of the city of Jerusalem, a clear defiance of international laws and resolutions. It is also a departure from the international consensus on the status of Al Quds, and the requirements of peace in general, thus undermining the US’s role as a sponsor of the peace process, it added.

Arab FMs meet today

Arab foreign ministers will hold an emergency meeting in Cairo on Saturday to discuss US president’s intention to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and move the US embassy to the city.

The Jordan News Agency, Petra, quoted Ali Al Ayed, Jordan’s Ambassador to Egypt and its permanent representative to the Arab League as saying that the meeting will discuss measures that will be taken to deal with the US decision and its dangerous repercussions with a view to defending Jerusalem and its legal, historical and religious status.

The meeting has been called on Jordan’s request, and a number of Arab countries approved this due to the importance of Jerusalem for Arabs and Muslims, he said.

Arab Parliament

Arab Parliament Speaker Dr. Mishaal Bin Fahm Al Salami has called for an emergency meeting to discuss the repercussions of the American administration’s decision to recognise the occupied city of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, and its plan to relocate its embassy from Tel Aviv to the Holy City.

In a statement on Wednesday, Dr Al Salami said that during the session, members of the Arab Parliament - representing various groups in Arab society - will issue a resolution to reflect the “pulse of the Arab street”, following this “dangerous” decision by the US administration.

WAM

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