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Malaysia urges US to reconsider decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel capital


PUTRAJAYA: Malaysia urged the United States to reconsider its decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, expressing extreme concerns. A statement from the Foreign Ministry said such a 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. “Malaysia reaffirms that the issue of Jerusalem is at the core of the Palestinian cause and request that all Member States of the United Nations not to recognise any changes in the pre-1967 borders, including in connection with Jerusalem.

(File pix) Palestinians prepare to brodcast US President Donald J. Trump televised speech in the West Bank City of Nablus, Dec 6, 2017. US president Donald J. Trump on Dec 6, announces he is recognising Jerusalem as the Israeli capital and will relocate the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. (EPA)

“Any attempts to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, establishing or transferring any diplomatic mission to the city, are considered aggression not only against the Arab and Islamic Ummah, but are also infringements on the rights of Muslims and Christians alike,” the ministry stressed.

The decision is also an infringement on the Palestinian people’s national rights, including their right to self-determination, and a grave breach of the international law along with the Security Council’s relevant resolutions: namely Resolutions No. 252 (1968), 267 (1969), 465, 476 and 478 (1980), including the recent Resolution 2334 (2016). “Recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel is not a recognition of the reality on the ground; it is an expression of support for Israeli policies, much of which is in contravention of the international law. Might cannot be right,” the ministry added. © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd

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