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US recognition of Jerusalem as Israeli capital stirs sentiments of Islamic world

Xinhua/chinadialy.com.cn | Updated: 2017-12-07 13:50

Egypt

Egypt reiterated that such unilateral decision violates the international legitimacy, adding the decision will not change the legal status of Jerusalem as an occupied city.

Egypt's Foreign Ministry said the decision will also have negative impacts on the future of the peace process between the Palestinians and the Israelis, as Jerusalem is one of its major issues.

Lebanon

Lebanon's President Michel Aoun said that "this decision reversed the peace process between the Palestinians and the Israelis for decades and killed every attempt that has been made to bring the points of view closer."

Aoun called on Arab states to take "a unified stance to bring back the Arabic identity of Jerusalem and to restore the international resolutions and the Arab peace initiative as the only way to achieve a just and comprehensive peace that restores the rights to their owners."

Qatar

Qatar also warned of "dangerous repercussions" of the US decision, as its Prime Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa al-Thani said the move could contradict with international law and legitimacy, in addition to all the peace efforts based on a two-state solution.

Malaysia

The Malaysian government on Thursday expressed "extreme concern" and urged the United States to reconsider its decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

Malaysia's Foreign Ministry said in a statement that the country is "extremely concerned" over the US announcement, saying that the decision would "put to an end all efforts made towards a resolution of Palestinian question."

"It would have grave repercussions not only towards the security and stability of the region, but would inflame sentiments, making efforts to combat terrorism all the more difficult," said the statement.

Mexico

Mexico's Foreign Affairs Ministry on Wednesday said it will not be moving its embassy in Tel Aviv, Israel to Jerusalem, despite a US decision to do so.

"Given the decision by the United States government to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, Mexico's government... announces that it will maintain its embassy in Tel Aviv, as is the case so far with all countries with diplomatic ties to Israel," the ministry said.

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