News ID: 235839
Published: 0243 GMT December 15, 2018

Palestinians slam Australia’s move on Al-Quds

Palestinians slam Australia’s move on Al-Quds

The Palestinian leadership on Saturday described as “irresponsible” Australia’s recognition of West Al-Quds as Israel’s capital, saying it violated international law.


The country became one of just a few to follow US President Donald Trump’s lead and recognize the city as Israel’s capital, AFP wrote.

Australia said it would open a defense and trade office in the west of the holy city and Prime Minister Scott Morrison also committed to recognizing a future state of Palestine with East Al-Quds as its capital.

Both Israelis and Palestinians claim Al-Quds as their capital.

Most foreign nations avoided moving embassies there to prevent inflaming peace talks on the city’s final status – until Trump unilaterally moved the US Embassy there earlier this year.

Senior Palestinian official Saeb Erekat said in a statement that the Australian decision to open a trade office in the city violated a United Nations resolution.

“From the beginning, we’ve perceived the Australian government’s decision to recognize Al-Quds as Israel’s capital as one wherein petty domestic politics steer irresponsible policies that contradict world peace and security,” he said in a statement.

“All of Al-Quds remains a final status issue for negotiations, while East Al-Quds, under international law, is an integral part of the occupied Palestinian territory,” he added.



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