First Published: 2017-12-05

Morocco king condemns Trump’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israeli capital
King Mohammed VI expresses his strong reprobation of any action likely to compromise multi-confessional character of Jerusalem.
Middle East Online

Firm stance on preserving Palestinians' rights

RABAT - Morocco’s King Mohammed VI condemned US President's looming decision to recognise Jerusalem as the Israeli capital and move the US embassy there.

The Moroccan monarch expressed his strong reprobation of any action likely to compromise the multi-confessional character of Jerusalem in a Royal cabinet statement released on Tuesday.

“Jerusalem must remain a city of coexistence,” said the king, warning thatthe transfer of the US embassy to Jerusalem will affect the fair settlement of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas warned of the danger of Trump's decision on the peace, security and stability process in the region and in the world.

Abbas reiterated our firm position that there is no Palestinian state without East Jerusalem as its capital in accordance with the decisions of the international community and the Arab peace initiative.

Trump delayed on Monday a decision on whether to recognise Jerusalem as the Israeli capital and move the US embassy there.

The White House said Trump would miss a deadline to decide on shifting the embassy from Tel Aviv, after a frantic 48 hours of public warnings from allies and private phone calls between world leaders.

The status of Jerusalem is a key issue in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, with both Israelis and Palestinians claiming the city as their capital.

With Trump's decision looming, leaders from across the Middle East and elsewhere ramped up public warnings against any shift in decades-old US policy.

French President Emmanuel Macron was among those who warned Trump that Jerusalem's status must be decided "within the framework of negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians."

 

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