Pakistan opposed to Trump plan for recognising Jerusalem as Israeli capital

Published: December 6, 2017
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A general view shows the Dome of the Rock and Jerusalem's Old City. PHOTO: REUTERS

A general view shows the Dome of the Rock and Jerusalem's Old City. PHOTO: REUTERS

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Wednesday joined the international community in expressing its strong opposition and condemnation of the US decision to recognise the occupied city of Al Quds Al Sharif [Jerusalem] as the so-called capital of Israel and the plan to relocate the American embassy there.

“It is deeply regrettable that pleas from states across the globe not to alter the legal and historical status of Al-Quds Al-Sharif have been ignored, more out of choice than necessity,” a statement issued by the Prime Minister Office said.

The decision represents a serious violation of the international law and the relevant UN Security Council resolutions, the statement said. “It is a serious setback to the rule of law and international norms. It signals a severe blow to the Middle East peace process as well.”

 

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Pakistan shares the international outrage and is deeply concerned over the implications of this decision for international peace and security, especially in the Middle East, the statement added.

Pakistan called upon the UN Security Council to take cognisance of this situation and take steps in accordance with the UN Charter. Pakistan urged the US to revisit its decision as soon as possible to avoid the potentially grave repercussions in the region and beyond.

The government welcomed the announcement by Turkey to convene an extraordinary Islamic Summit next week to discuss this serious issue, the statement added.

Earlier the Foreign office spokesperson also condemned Trump’s decision.

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