Foreign ministers at Arab League summit reject attempts to move embassies to Jerusalem

Published March 9th, 2017 - 06:00 GMT
US President Donald Trump has pledged to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, while also pivoting away from the two-state solution. (AFP/File)
US President Donald Trump has pledged to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, while also pivoting away from the two-state solution. (AFP/File)

Arab Foreign Ministers renewed their countries’ full commitment to the Arab Peace initiative of 2002.

The ministers resolutions came during the 147th session of Arab League Foreign Ministers Council on Tuesday at the organization’s general secretariat headquarters in Cairo, Egypt, chaired by Algeria.

The ministers adopted a resolution against any attempt to move diplomatic missions to Jerusalem, following President Donald Trump’s campaign pledge to move the American embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

The meeting’s agenda included 28 points dealing with topical issues, namely the latest developments in Libya, Syria and Yemen, the question of Palestine and the ways to fight terrorism and trans-border organized crime.

The League considered that setting up any diplomatic mission in Jerusalem or moving it to the city is an explicit attack on the rights of the Palestinian people and all Muslims and Christians.

Moving diplomatic missions to Jerusalem would be “a serious violation of international law and the Fourth Geneva Convention, and relevant Security Council resolutions,” it said.

The ministers demanded all countries commit to the Security Council Resolutions 476 and 478 issued in 1980 which considers the Israeli law to include Jerusalem annulled and no diplomatic missions should be transferred there.

The ministers asked state members, sec-gen, and Arab League missions to monitor and follow up on any move to breach the Security Council resolutions and international law regarding moving diplomatic missions to Jerusalem.

The foreign ministers also tasked the Arab Group of States in New York “to study effective measures to counter any such move through the United Nations, including the Security Council”.

Secretary-General of the Arab League Ahmed Aboul Gheit said that due to the current situation, Syria will not take part in the coming Arab Summit scheduled on 29 March in the Jordanian capital Amman.

By Sawsan Abu-Husain

Editor's note: This article has been edited from the source material.


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