Pakistan lawmakers condemns U.S. decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's Capital

Sergio Conner
December 7, 2017

"Algeria has strongly denounced this serious decision as it is a blatant violation of the related resolutions of the Security Council and the worldwide law, and would undermine the peace process, which has been at the standstill for a long time", said the Ministry's communiqué. It is a serious setback to the rule of law and worldwide norms.

The decision would alter the legal and historical status of the city, it added.

The members of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) will convene tomorrow to discuss the situation in the occupied Jerusalem, the Voice of Palestine reported, quoting the OIC's envoy for the State of Palestine, Maher Karaki.

"By moving the embassy, [the] USA will practically alter the status of Jerusalem".

Meanwhile, Foreign Minister Khawaja, in a tweet, said: "By moving the embassy United States will practically alter the status of Jerusalem.An affront to [Palestinians] and the Muslim world... practically burying the [two-state] solution..."

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With this step, Trump has fulfilled one of its campaign promises and reversed decades-long U.S. policy on this matter.

While reaffirming full solidarity with the Palestinian people, the foreign office renewed its call for the establishment of a 'viable, independent and contiguous State of Palestine, ' on the basis of internationally agreed parameters, the pre-1967 borders, and with Al-Quds Al-Sharif as its capital.

Protesters burn a picture of US President Donald Trump at a protest following his announcement that he has recognised Jerusalem as Israel's capital, in Islamabad, Pakistan.

Jerusalem is considered a sacred place, which is home to Jewish, Christian and Muslim holy sites.

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