News ID: 205440
Published: 0455 GMT December 03, 2017

Arab League: Relocating US embassy would fuel violence in region

Arab League: Relocating US embassy would fuel violence in region
Clouds gather over the Rock shrine (Qubbat al-Sakhrah) in the al-Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem al-Quds' Old City November 6, 2017. (REUTERS)

Secretary General of the Arab League Ahmed Aboul Gheit has warned that moving the US embassy from Tel Aviv to the occupied Jerusalem al-Quds would ‘fuel extremism and violence’ in the region.

“Today we say very clearly that taking such action is not justified ... It will not serve peace or stability, but will fuel extremism and resort to violence,” Gheit said in a statement published on the league’s website on Saturday, presstv.com reported.

“It only benefits one side; the Israeli government that is hostile to peace,” added the statement.

US President Donald Trump is due to decide by Monday on whether to renew a six-month waiver on the relocation of the US diplomatic mission in Israel.

There are reports that the US president could again delay moving the embassy, but recognize Jerusalem al-Quds as the capital of Israel.

The Palestinian Islamic resistance movement Hamas has also warned the US against plans to relocate its embassy and to recognize the city as the capital of the Israeli regime.

 

Hamas has warned against US plans to relocate its embassy to Jerusalem al-Quds and recognize the Israeli-occupied city as Israel's capital.

The Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) has also warned the US against the relocation of its diplomatic mission in Israel, saying all American embassies in the Arab world would have to close in the face of popular Arab outrage that would follow such an action.

PLO Secretary General Sa’eb Erekat said late last year that the potential move would deliver a death blow to any prospect of the resolution of the Arab-Israeli conflict, and would have his organization rescind all agreements with Tel Aviv.

   
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