0442 GMT January 24, 2019
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.