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Saudi Arabia denounces US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital
December 07, 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.

‘Although this step does not change or infringe upon the inalienable and preserved rights of the Palestinian people in Jerusalem, and other occupied territories, and even though it cannot impose a new reality upon those rights, it does however exemplify a drastic regression in the efforts to move the peace process forward, and is a shift away from the United States’ historically impartial position with regard to the issue of Jerusalem, which will further complicate the Palestinian -Israeli conflict.’

It continued, ‘The Government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia hopes that the US administration will reverse this action, and support the international will to enable the Palestinian people to regain their legitimate rights.’

‘The Kingdom reaffirms the importance of finding a just and lasting solution to the Palestinian cause in accordance with the relevant international resolutions, and the Arab Peace Initiative, so that the Palestinian people can regain their legitimate rights, which will strengthen security and stability in the region,’ the statement concluded.

WAM

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