Sunday, December 10, 2017

Arab League calls on US to overturn decision on Jerusalem

Arab League
Arab foreign ministers have called on the United States to rescind its recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital and for the international community to recognise a Palestinian state.


In a resolution after an emergency meeting in Cairo, Arab League member ministers said that the United States had "withdrawn itself as a sponsor and broker" of the Israel Palestinian peace process with its controversial move.

The ministers met at the league's headquarters in Cairo to formulate a response to the US decision, which has been roundly criticised in the Arab world and internationally.

The ministers agreed on "demanding that the United States rescind its decision on Jerusalem...and the calling on the international community to recognise the state of Palestine...with east Jerusalem as its capital."

They also said they would head to the United Nations Security Council for a resolution condemning the US decision as a violation of international law.

Palestinian Authority president Mahmud Abbas has cancelled a scheduled meeting the US Vice President Mike Pence in Ramallah later this month.

In Egypt, which Pence will also visit, the country's top Muslim and Christian clerics have both cancelled scheduled meetings with Pence in protest at the decision.
 [rte.ie]
 10/12/17

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