Pakistan opposes Jerusalem as Israeli capital

Staff Report
2017-12-8
ISLAMABAD: It is deeply regrettable that pleas from States across the globe not to alter the legal and historical status of Jerusalem (Al-Quds Al-Sharif) have been ignored, more out of choice than necessity; Pakistan joins the international community in expressing its strong opposition and condemnation at the decision of the United States (US) administration to recognise the occupied city of Jerusalem as the so-called capital of Israel and the plan to relocate its embassy there; an official statement said on Thursday.

This decision represents a serious violation of international law and applicable UN Security Council resolutions, particularly united nations (UN) security council resolution (UNSCR) 478.

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. 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.

Pakistan calls upon the UN security council to take cognizance of this situation and take steps in accordance with the UN charter. Pakistan urges the US to revisit its decision as soon as possible in order to avoid the potentially grave repercussions in the region and beyond.

The government of Pakistan (WoP) welcomes the announcement by Turkey to convene an extraordinary Islamic summit next week to discuss this serious issue.

President Mamnoon Hussain said that Pakistan strongly condemns the recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel by the US. He added that it will have a negative impact on the peace and stability of the region.

While supporting the proposal of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to call the organization of Islamic cooperation (OIC) summit, Hussain hoped that Muslim ummah will take a strong notice of making Jerusalem the capital of Israel and that OIC summit will adopt a tough stance on it.

He stressed that declaration of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel will be denounced at all international forums.

Separately, Turkish President Erdogan, with regards to the US decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, said, “Taking such a step is tantamount to throwing the region into a ring of fire. If Trump says ‘might makes right’, he is wrong. Being mighty does not mean being right. Right makes might.”

Regarding the US president Donald Trump’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and to move the US embassy there, Erdogan underscored that the decision completely disregarded a 1980 UN resolution and that no country except for the US and Israel has taken a step against this resolution.

Noting that Jerusalem has been considered a place of worship of Muslims, Christians and partially Jews, and that the Al-Aqsa mosque is Muslims’ first kiblah, Erdoğan said, “Hey Trump, what are you trying to do? What kind of an approach is that? Political leaders are supposed to work to bring peace, not stir things up. Now, Trump’s remarks are aimed at stirring things up, not bringing peace.”

Stating that he, as the summit chair of the OIC, will convene the OIC leaders’ summit in Istanbul, and that he has been holding phone talks with leaders of countries, President Erdogan said, “I even requested to talk to the Pope. I will speak with him tonight or tomorrow morning, because Jerusalem is also a sanctuary of Christians and I need to talk to him about this matter.”

“Regarding the US president Trump’s decision, I will speak with Russian President Vladimir Putin, as well as leaders of Germany, the United Kingdom (UK), France, Spain,” Erdoğan said.